Contact lenses could be the key to keeping your job

A lot of people rely on their cars to get them to and from work every day and although there’s the possibility of public transport, for a lot of people this isn’t an option. More and more people rely on their cars for more than just the morning and evening commute too so losing their licence would mean the end of their career.

New rules introduced by the police and the DVLA will mean that losing your licence will become a process of a few hours rather than a few days if you fail to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres in a roadside test.

The rules haven’t actually been changed at all – you have always had to be able to read a number plate from 20.5 metres away – the only thing that’s changed is the fact that your licence can now be revoked straight away.

If you’re stopped and you cannot demonstrate your ability to read a number plate then the DVLA will reclaim your licence until you can prove that your eyesight meets legal standards. The new rules are aimed at employers rather than employees because, if an employee is required to drive as part of their job – even if it’s just a short distance to a one off meeting – then employers should be accountable for their employees eye sight.

Employers are being warned that the eye sight of employees should be checked regularly – especially if driving is a big part of their job – otherwise they could see a rise in the number of absences from work due to eye sight related problems.

In order to avoid any of these problems you should also do everything you can to make sure your eye sight is up to scratch and before you set out on the road make sure you have your contact lenses in. Bifocal contact lenses are really easy to get hold of and they’re pretty cheap too and the fact that they’re bifocal means they’re great for all activities. The price you pay for a few boxes of lenses really is worth it when you consider the fact that they’re helping you hold on to your driving licence.