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DVLA: Eye test now mandatory for Drivers’ license applicants

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The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has stated that applicants for a learner’s license, driver’s license, or renewal of a driver’s license must undergo a mandatory eye test.

According to the Upper East Regional Manager of the DVLA, AL- Rashid Mohammed the eye test results must be certified by a registered optometrist. The optometrist must also be accredited by the DVLA.

As part of the policy, drivers who wish to acquire a driver’s license or renew existing ones will no longer be required to do the test at the DVLA but at a designated optical centre.

Speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today, June 7, 2022, Mr. Mohamed said for now there is only one accredited eye centre in the Region, Premium Vision Eye Center.

He added that the eye centre is expected to upload the results of the test into a system that is accessible to the DVLA.

“Scheduling of exams is based on eye test results, so if you don’t have eye test results you cannot be scheduled for examination,” Mr. Mohammed added.

The policy is in accordance with Regulation 29 of the Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 (L.I. 2180).

“A prospective applicant for a learner’s license, a driver’s license or renewal of a driver’s license shall undergo an eye test.”

According to the Road Traffic Regulations “ A prospective applicant for a driver’s license, a holder of a driver’s license or an applicant for the renewal of a driver’s license shall have a minimum binocular vision of 6/12 or 20/40 as specified in the first schedule.”

He was quick to add that currently, the policy is being implemented for applicants who are registering for a driver’s license for the first time. In August, the policy would be fully rolled out to capture license renewals and such.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana

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