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RTC Eyesight Test (1776A/23)


In the event of a Road Traffic Collision where the Police attend:

Is a roadside eyesight test routinely conducted on each driver involved?

If not routinely, under what circumstances is a test conducted?

If an eyesight test is carried out, what method is used, including whether each eye is tested separately or the subject is tested with both eyes open?

If a driver is unable to take a roadside test as a result of injury or incapacitation, are arrangements made to carry out a test at a later date?

In each of the last five complete calendar years:

How many drivers were tested?

How many drivers failed a test?

In the event that a driver fails a test, what action is taken?


Please find attached our response.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.