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Driving: Visual Impairment

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL614, tabled on 25 June 2014

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of bioptic devices to facilitate driving for those with impaired vision.

Answered on

1 July 2014

The use of bioptic devices has been considered by an expert working group established by the European Commission Driving Licence Committee, which included a representative from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

They concluded that the minimum standards for driving should not be changed before further research is conducted into the evidence and technological development of the devices.

The use of bioptic devices for driving would be considered only if they do not compromise road safety.