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Pledge to be Fit to Drive

Friday, November 16, 2012

Meg Munn MP joined a growing coalition of road safety experts in calling for improved eyesight testing for UK drivers by signing a ‘Fit to Drive’ pledge. At an event in Westminster Meg joined fellow MPs from across the political spectrum, the police, healthcare professionals and road safety charity, Brake, in signing a pledge to be Fit to Drive.

The pledge states:

         I will have my eyes tested every two years.

         If I need glasses or lenses, I will wear them every time I drive.

         I will encourage others to make sure they are Fit to Drive.


Reinforcing the need for action, the event saw the launch of a new research report, which highlights the significant social and economic costs associated with poor driver vision.  Commissioned by leading global insurer RSA, the report analyses the cost of road accidents and the potential economic benefits of more frequent eyesight testing for UK drivers.

Part of RSA’s on-going Fit to Drive campaign which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of driving with poor vision the research revealed that there are over 2,000 road accidents and nearly 3,000 casualties due to poor driver vision which cost an estimated 32.9 million in 2012.  This includes health care costs, police time, property damage and revenue lost due to casualties being unable to work. 

RSA’s proposed changes to eyesight testing, detailed in the report, are estimated to generate net savings to the UK economy after the first year of introduction - and increase to 14.4 million by year ten.

Meg said:

“I fully support RSA’s Fit to Drive Campaign.  The personal, social and economic costs of road accidents in the UK every year caused by poor eyesight are huge. 

It is therefore vital we do all we can to ensure our roads are as safe as possible, encouraging drivers to have more frequent eye tests. I have signed RSA’s Fit to Drive pledge to show my support for this important campaign, and will be urging my colleagues in Parliament to do the same.”

For details of the campaign visit: http://news.rsagroup.com/pressrelease/view/1196

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Meg signing up to the campaign

Meg signing up to the campaign

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