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Drivers 'could lose licence in hours' under new roadside test scheme

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Drivers can now have their eyes tested by the roadside and lose their licence the same day, under new legislation.

Police are now able to take immediate steps to strip drivers of their right to drive if they find a motorist is behind the wheel of a car without the ability to see well enough.

Drivers will need to be able to read a licence plate from 20 metres away and if they fail, police can contact the DVLA using electronic means like smartphones to speed up the disqualification process.

Commenting on the new law, Freight Transport Association policy manager for driver licence and vehicle registration Ian Gallagher said: "This change in legislation makes sense - it's covering a gap in what existed."

Those buying approved used cars might consider it a good time to get their eyes tested too, just in case.

Studies carried out by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare over an eight month period led to the firm claiming last month that a third of drivers would be disqualified if they were tested now, twice as many as in previous studies.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801548353-ADNFCR

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