Fleet consultancy TR Fleet has formed a partnership with Specsavers Corporate Eyecare to tackle the issue of poor eyesight and driver safety.
Employers that use TR Fleet’s DriveSecure risk-management programme issued with Specsavers vouchers for free eye tests for their staff.
The system will identify the drivers who are considered to be at risk. Where an eyesight test is due, it will automatically notify Specsavers while providing drivers with the voucher.
Jo Ewen, commercial director at TR Fleet, said: “The success of road safety campaigns tackling issues as diverse as mobile phone use to drink driving have ensured that we are all aware of key factors that impact on safe driving.
“However, one of the most basic but critical issues is still being overlooked. Last year there were 2,040 accidents due to poor vision, resulting in an estimated 2,874 casualties.
“There is widespread industry support for a change in legislation to ensure that drivers take regular eye tests. Our partnership with Specsavers is designed to get employers one step ahead by making them aware of the importance of good vision in keeping [employee] drivers safe, and encouraging them to take action.
“The service not only makes fleet managers aware of improvements they can make, but delivers cost savings on fleet efficiency, which, in turn, funds any safety initiatives and reduces workload for the fleet managers themselves.”