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Do You Wear Glasses? Are You Legal to Drive?

Published on: Sep 29 2018 at 12:15 AM

Question:- As a vocational driver, do I have to tell the DVLA that I’ve started wearing glasses or contact lenses?


Answer:- What the law requires is that any driver’s eyesight — with or without corrective lenses — must be of a certain minimum standard to read at a distance, of visual acuity and in terms of field of vision. For drivers with a vocational entitlement, this standard is set higher than for holders of a standard driver’s licence.

If stopped at the roadside by a police or DVSA officer, a driver is required to be able to demonstrate that his/her eyesight meets the minimum standard if subjected to a vision check. If a driver requires corrective lenses — either glasses or contact lenses — to be in a position to meet that standard, then that is acceptable as long as the corrective lenses are worn. It follows that if corrective lenses are required, they must be worn at all times while driving.

Generally, it is not currently a legal requirement to notify the DVLA if corrective lenses are required, though any driver may do so voluntarily. Doing so will mean that driving licence Code 01 will be added to the licence. However, for vocational drivers, there is a maximum permissible corrective power of +8 dioptres in either lens after which corrective glasses are not sufficient to pass the vision standard and the DVLA will need to be notified.

What is a legal requirement is to notify the DVLA of any problem with eyesight (with the exception of long- or short-sightedness and colour-blindness) which effects both eyes, or the remaining eye for a driver who only has vision in one eye. The DVLA publishes a list of the specific medical conditions which are required to be notified and includes, for example, glaucoma and cataracts.

For vocational drivers aged over 45 years old, any application to renew a vocational entitlement will require the completion of Form D4 (the medical examination report form) by a doctor who must support continued driving — there is a section on the form which covers eyesight so in any event, the DVLA will be notified of the driver’s ocular health and will make a decision on renewing the entitlement accordingly.


Source:- Croners

Do You Have a Risk Assessment for Attaching / Detaching a Trailer?

Published on: Sep 15 2018 at 12:44 PM

A logistics company has been fined after a worker died when he was trapped between a trailer and his vehicle.

Dudley Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 22 January 2016, a Tuffnells Parcels Express Limited employee was fatally injured whilst attempting to attach a trailer to his vehicle. The trailer was parked upon a slight slope, which was enough to allow it to roll forward trapping the employee.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found safety management arrangements for coupling trailers to vehicles failed to take account of the slope.

Tuffnells Parcels Express Limited of Wallows Industrial Estate, Dudley pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been fined £1.5 million and ordered to pay costs of £32,823.35

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Karl Raw said:

“Had Tuffnells taken the slope into account, simple measures could have been taken that would have prevented this incident. Workplace transport remains a high risk environment, and this case serves as a reminder to industry that assessments of sites should be specific and identify the hazards unique to each yard. It is also a reminder that the slope a vehicle is parked on does not need to be steep for incidents to occur.

“This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the company to adopt robust management action in both planning and monitoring of the workplace and workplace actions at this site.”


Does Your Daily Check Cover Every Part of the Vehicle?

Published on: Sep 15 2018 at 12:34 PM

Transportation and storage company, H Walton Ltd, was sentenced in August 2018 for safety breaches after a worker suffered injuries leading to the loss of his left arm.

Leeds Magistrates’ court heard how, on 9 August 2017, a lorry driver was delivering wheat to Low Newstead Farm in Ripon when it tipped onto the floor of a shed through the open rear door of the trailer. Whilst walking to the rear of the trailer, the driver lost his footing in a heap of grain, which was formed by the load being discharged, and put his hand out to steady himself; his left arm came into contact with a rotating auger and was drawn in.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a crucial interlocking device was not functioning at the time of the incident, allowing the auger to run when the tailgate was open. It also found that the emergency stop device for the discharge mechanism failed to function, as it was operated through the same circuitry.

H Walton Ltd of Old Goole Mill, South Park Road, Goole, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 (3)(C) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay £531.40 in costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Julian Franklin commented: “The driver’s injuries are life changing. The trailer was fitted with a safety system to prevent exactly this type of incident; it could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out regular checks to ensure safety devices and systems remain working. This is something that many hauliers already do as part of their vehicle checks.”



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