HC Deb 14 April 1965 vol 710 cc200-1W
47. Mr. Awdry

asked the Minister of Transport what steps he will take to obtain information as to the number of motor accidents which are caused by defective eyesight of drivers.

Mr. Tom Fraser

The Road Research Laboratory is carrying out a study with the aid of material derived from its own accident investigations and those of others, into the relationship between eyesight and driving. I hope this will provide useful information on the extent to which eyesight defects cause or contribute to accidents.

Mr. Awdry

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will seek to require the periodic certification of the necessary standard of eyesight of applicants for driving licences.

Mr. Tom Fraser

No. There is as yet no evidence that such a requirement would reduce road accidents.