New data shows 20% increase in drivers notifying DVLA of ‘eyesight issues’

Thursday, 13 September 2018
New data shows 20% increase in drivers notifying DVLA of ‘eyesight issues’

In light of National Eye Health Week (September 24-30) Feel Good Contacts has uncovered some new data which shows a 20% increase in drivers notifying the DVLA of ‘eyesight issues’, over a five year period from 2013 to 2017.

The data, which was requested under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, showed the Government organisation received 166,148 notifications in 2013, compared to 200,289 last year. In addition, the number of licenses that were “refused on application or revoked for eyesight-related conditions over the last five years” totalled 42,803 for Group 1 drivers (car/motorcycle) and 6,965 for Group 2 drivers (lorry/bus).

With National Eye Health Week later this month, and Road Safety Week in November, it couldn’t be a better time to stress the importance of this topic. We have many customers who require eyewear for driving; it’s crucial not only for their eye health but for the safety of other road users. Regular eye tests are highly recommended, especially if you’re struggling to see a minimum of 20 metres away, the minimum eyesight standard required by all drivers. It’s also imperative that you notify the DVLA immediately if anything changes in regards to your eye health.

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New data shows 20% increase in drivers notifying DVLA of ‘eyesight issues’



The FOI data also revealed that men are six times more likely to be disqualified from driving. 421,565 men were banned from driving from January 2014 to the end of July 2018, compared to 66,272 women in the same period.

Further data highlighted disqualification by gender, age and gave a breakdown of why the individual was disqualified. The age at which men were most frequently disqualified is 26, totalling 18,107 over the past four years. Comparatively, the common female age for disqualification was three years older at 29, totalling 2,267 women.

Men were also over:

23 times more likely to be disqualified for dangerous driving

16 times more likely to be banned for driving whilst already disqualified

15 times more likely to be banned for driving or attempting to drive whilst above the limit for drugs

10 times more likely to be disqualified for driving without due care or consideration for other road users



Rodney Kumar, spokesman for UK road safety charity IAM RoadSmart, said: “These findings strongly back up our research and that of the Government, which shows we need a targeted approach aimed at the biggest ‘at risk’ group in the UK when it comes to road crashes – that is young men in their early to mid-twenties. If we are to make any inroads into significantly reducing the numbers of people killed or injured on our roads, we need to directly influence this group through re-education on attitudes from an early age, backed up by zero tolerance in enforcement to stop them in their tracks and make them realise bad driving just isn’t worth it.”

Disqualifications By Age And Gender


Females
Age at disqualification 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Female total
29 300 460 558 606 343 2,267
26 333 508 511 589 306 2,247
27 362 509 456 554 321 2,202
28 340 451 541 532 328 2,192
30 327 454 459 560 332 2,132
25 342 467 483 527 308 2,127
24 367 447 480 506 244 2,044
34 318 439 458 480 282 1,977
32 279 408 496 506 281 1,970
31 292 403 461 504 293 1,953
33 333 405 418 470 288 1,914
23 336 389 458 443 272 1,898
35 274 396 432 486 257 1,845
22 349 398 435 404 210 1,796
36 257 404 408 456 255 1,780
37 242 313 432 412 251 1,650
38 265 312 368 408 260 1,613
40 303 341 343 372 211 1,570
45 265 340 396 358 192 1,551
21 306 330 375 321 214 1,546
39 244 326 344 383 243 1,540
42 289 322 344 361 218 1,534
43 277 333 349 379 191 1,529
41 294 330 340 340 219 1,523
44 266 323 372 332 204 1,497
20 253 290 321 384 198 1,446
46 271 312 367 316 177 1,443
47 248 293 348 352 143 1,384
48 263 297 321 317 182 1,380
49 213 315 291 304 174 1,297
50 230 270 273 279 158 1,210
19 188 235 280 298 153 1,154
51 212 229 245 258 144 1,088
52 183 209 214 242 149 997
53 158 182 216 245 140 941
54 155 173 202 189 127 846
55 112 148 168 193 99 720
18 123 163 157 151 106 700
56 120 146 153 146 116 681
57 104 140 119 143 86 592
58 84 129 110 122 85 530
59 84 103 110 90 55 442
60 66 90 98 84 51 389
61 78 74 84 94 49 379
62 55 61 70 70 47 303
63 51 45 62 58 38 254
64 53 46 44 58 28 229
17 41 52 53 48 32 226
65 37 54 43 35 28 197
66 31 37 46 43 32 189
67 25 31 36 43 25 160
68 31 40 31 28 28 158
69 25 33 35 31 20 144
70 24 32 19 22 18 115
72 9 25 38 21 6 99
71 17 16 15 30 20 98
16 6 13 22 25 10 76
73 7 20 24 11 12 74
74 4 16 21 15 10 66
76 8 5 9 14 11 47
77 5 8 8 9 6 36
78 2 8 12 7 5 34
75 7 7 7 8 4 33
80 5 8 11 6 2 32
79 4 9 8 6 3 30
15 2 3 7 7 3 22
81 7 5 8 1 21
82 5 5 7 4 21
84 4 1 5 1 4 15
83 1 3 4 3 1 12
14 2 2 4 2 10
85 2 3 2 1 1 9
86 3 1 3 2 9
87 2 5 1 8
88 1 3 3 1 8
89 1 1 1 3 6
13 2 3 5
90 2 1 1 4
91 1 1 2
92 1 1 2
93 1 1 2
12
94
96
97
Total 10,873 13,747 14,895 15,516 8,974 64,005

Males

Age at disqualification 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Male total
26 2,357 3,704 4,558 4,842 2,646 18,107
25 2,510 3,852 4,510 4,523 2,549 17,944
24 2,444 3,844 4,282 4,505 2,513 17,588
27 2,241 3,644 4,216 4,771 2,589 17,461
23 2,331 3,680 4,223 4,445 2,382 17,061
28 2,122 3,385 4,108 4,439 2,591 16,645
22 2,180 3,524 4,110 4,185 2,269 16,268
29 2,046 3,265 3,767 4,226 2,470 15,774
21 1,906 3,228 3,702 3,827 2,098 14,761
30 1,835 2,995 3,551 4,012 2,254 14,647
31 1,868 2,878 3,365 3,662 2,184 13,957
20 1,622 2,748 3,324 3,388 1,854 12,936
32 1,693 2,695 2,964 3,365 1,951 12,668
33 1,680 2,597 2,950 3,100 1,869 12,196
34 1,611 2,420 2,734 2,962 1,699 11,426
19 1,325 2,364 2,870 2,897 1,634 11,090
35 1,483 2,410 2,516 2,753 1,678 10,840
36 1,285 2,215 2,537 2,750 1,571 10,358
37 1,192 1,882 2,316 2,497 1,503 9,390
38 1,218 1,795 1,994 2,275 1,490 8,772
39 1,246 1,720 1,905 2,138 1,325 8,334
40 1,116 1,678 1,762 1,915 1,141 7,612
18 922 1,664 1,954 1,979 968 7,487
41 1,200 1,602 1,703 1,873 1,069 7,447
42 1,067 1,550 1,598 1,770 1,028 7,013
43 1,051 1,497 1,607 1,740 951 6,846
44 1,018 1,537 1,665 1,682 942 6,844
45 993 1,450 1,467 1,568 900 6,378
46 948 1,372 1,411 1,522 850 6,103
47 886 1,331 1,371 1,392 854 5,834
48 905 1,268 1,331 1,369 788 5,661
49 782 1,199 1,237 1,314 793 5,325
50 801 1,119 1,119 1,146 702 4,887
51 751 1,018 1,089 1,139 642 4,639
52 708 969 1,061 1,067 608 4,413
53 687 984 919 1,033 597 4,220
17 450 865 1,118 1,053 491 3,977
54 601 833 867 904 549 3,754
55 518 720 786 794 513 3,331
56 506 716 651 742 411 3,026
57 448 587 632 700 398 2,765
58 371 551 558 644 350 2,474
59 371 481 546 534 308 2,240
16 212 475 585 570 243 2,085
60 346 456 427 456 303 1,988
61 297 437 392 389 237 1,752
62 314 357 372 396 212 1,651
63 278 340 302 327 183 1,430
64 219 309 296 324 205 1,353
65 213 281 276 245 162 1,177
66 191 254 235 264 159 1,103
67 210 238 245 243 136 1,072
15 87 217 242 281 131 958
68 150 203 188 185 120 846
69 153 193 162 179 98 785
70 113 171 127 182 77 670
71 112 132 142 147 86 619
72 78 114 117 103 64 476
73 63 85 91 98 63 400
14 38 80 112 103 45 378
74 53 81 90 92 53 369
75 62 74 62 57 39 294
76 47 80 56 58 33 274
77 36 61 66 46 26 235
78 30 44 44 44 23 185
79 18 27 43 42 34 164
80 24 28 32 29 17 130
82 20 20 19 30 15 104
13 11 26 21 30 15 103
81 14 22 27 26 12 101
83 9 17 26 21 9 82
85 3 15 12 10 14 54
84 8 12 14 11 5 50
86 5 13 16 8 4 46
87 3 11 10 10 1 35
88 8 7 5 1 21
89 2 6 7 2 3 20
90 2 5 1 6 3 17
12 1 4 1 3 2 11
91 2 2 3 1 3 11
92 2 2 1 2 7
93 2 1 1 4
94 1 1 1 3
96 2 2
97 1 1
Total 58,721 90,737 101,826 108,470 61,811 421,565



Disqualification By Offence Type And By Gender And Year Od Disqualification


Females
Code Description 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Female Total
AC10 Failing to stop after an accident 17 60 71 73 42 263
AC12
AC20 Failing to give particulars or report an accident within 24 hours 5 12 12 10 7 46
AC22
AC30 Undefined accident offences
BA10 Driving while disqualified by order of court 132 352 422 458 248 1,612
BA12 1 3 1
BA14
BA20
BA30 Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court
BA40 Causing death by driving while disqualified
BA60 Causing serious injury by driving while disqualified
CD10 Driving without due care and attention 35 99 98 97 50 379
CD12
CD20 Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users 1 1 2
CD30 Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users 9 43 25 30 17 124
CD40 Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink 1 2 1 3 7
CD50 Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs 4 1 1 6
CD60 Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit 4 2 2 1 9
CD70 Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis
CD80 Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving 16 50 55 43 31 195
CD90 Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers 2 1 3
CU10 Using a vehicle with defective brakes
CU20 Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of use of unsuitable vehicle or using a vehicle with parts or accessories (excluding brakes, steering or tyres) in a dangerous condition 1 2 1 4
CU24 1 1
CU30 Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s) 1 1 2 4
CU34
CU50 Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers 1 1
CU54
CU80 Breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle, such as using a mobile phone 6 6 12 13 37
CU84
DD10 Causing serious injury by dangerous driving 6 26 66 44 34 176
DD40 Dangerous driving 75 203 212 239 126 855
DD42 1 1
DD44
DD46 1 1
DD60 Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle
DD80 Causing death by dangerous driving 2 10 15 15 6 48
DD82
DD90 Furious driving 1 1 2
DG10 Driving or attempting to drive with drug level above the specified limit 70 552 719 525 1,866
DG40 In charge of a vehicle while drug level above specified limit 2 2 3 7
DG60 Causing death by careless driving with drug level above the limit
DR10 Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit 7,955 7,669 7,780 7,522 3,987 34,913
DR12 3 1 1 5
DR14
DR20 Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink 90 109 97 118 61 475
DR30 Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis 984 988 1,032 1,053 591 4,648
DR31 Driving or attempting to drive then refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity 2 1 3
DR40 In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit 42 123 118 104 66 453
DR50 In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink 7 19 14 12 9 61
DR60 Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive 21 53 51 58 37 220
DR61 Refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive 1 1
DR70 Failing to provide specimen for breath test 2 14 14 7 5 42
DR80 Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs 97 99 93 93 42 424
DR90 In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs 2 1 8 4 2 17
IN10 Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks 205 381 388 416 257 1,647
IN12 1 1
IN14 11 15 17 10 7 60
LC10
LC14
LC20 Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence 6 18 21 22 6 73
LC24
LC30 Driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence
LC40 Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability
LC50 Driving after a licence has been cancelled (revoked) or refused on medical grounds 2 1 1 1 5
MR09 Reckless or dangerous driving (whether or not resulting in death, injury or serious risk) 1 1 1 3
MR19 Wilful failure to carry out the obligation placed on driver after being involved in a road accident (hit or run)
MR29 Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substance affecting or diminishing the mental and physical abilities of a driver 5 10 5 5 2 27
MR39 Driving a vehicle faster than the permitted speed
MR49 Driving a vehicle while disqualified
MR59 Other conduct constituting an offence for which a driving disqualification has been imposed by the State of Offence 3 1 4
MS10 Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position 1 1
MS20 Unlawful pillion riding
MS50 Motor racing on the highway
MS60 Offences not covered by other codes (including offences relating to breach of requirements as to control a vehicle) 2 5 3 5 6 21
MS90 Failure to give information as to identify of driver etc 17 51 57 51 31 207
MW10 Contravention of special roads regulations (excluding speed limits) 1 1
NE96
NE97 3 4 4 11
NE98 14 25 36 40 28 143
NE99 20 32 46 43 26 167
PC10 Undefined contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations
PC20 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with moving vehicle
PC30 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with stationary vehicle 1 1
SP10 Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits 2 2 4
SP20 Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles) 1 1
SP30 Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road 129 292 310 333 227 1,291
SP40 Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit 1 1
SP50 Exceeding speed limit on a motorway 61 156 147 137 73 574
SP60
TS10 Failing to comply with traffic light signals 2 2 3 6 13
TS20 Failing to comply with double white lines 1 1
TS30 Failing to comply with 'stop' sign
TS40 Failing to comply with direction of a constable/warden
TS50 Failing to comply with traffic sign (excluding 'stop' signs, traffic lights or double white lines) 1 1 1 3
TT99 Special code - shows disqualification under 'totting-up' - if the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years, the driver can be disqualified 1,118 2,989 3,490 4,177 2,665 14,439
UT10
UT20
UT40
UT50 Aggravated taking of a vehicle 72 202 164 143 75 656
UT52
UT54 1 1
Total 11,173 14,207 15,453 16,122 9,317 66,267

Males
Code Description 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Male Total
AC10 Failing to stop after an accident 211 537 577 572 336 2,233
AC12 1 1 1 3
AC20 Failing to give particulars or report an accident within 24 hours 30 103 116 112 56 417
AC22 1 1 2
AC30 Undefined accident offences 1 1 1 3
BA10 Driving while disqualified by order of court 2,239 5,513 6,636 7,488 4,210 26,086
BA12 1 3 4
BA14 1 1
BA20 5 1 6
BA30 Attempting to drive while disqualified by order of court 1 1 1 3
BA40 Causing death by driving while disqualified 1 3 5 9
BA60 Causing serious injury by driving while disqualified 4 9 9 4 26
CD10 Driving without due care and attention 341 871 912 924 475 3,523
CD12 2 2
CD20 Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users 5 14 26 26 13 84
CD30 Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users 128 346 334 332 170 1,310
CD40 Causing death through careless driving when unfit through drink 7 9 9 7 2 34
CD50 Causing death by careless driving when unfit through drugs 3 3 6 7 2 21
CD60 Causing death by careless driving with alcohol level above the limit 8 7 12 7 8 42
CD70 Causing death by careless driving then failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis 1 2 5 1 9
CD80 Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving 62 144 199 186 92 683
CD90 Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers 7 20 31 44 25 127
CU10 Using a vehicle with defective brakes 1 1 2
CU20 Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of use of unsuitable vehicle or using a vehicle with parts or accessories (excluding brakes, steering or tyres) in a dangerous condition 8 23 14 13 7 65
CU24 1 1
CU30 Using a vehicle with defective tyre(s) 9 25 17 17 8 76
CU34 1 1
CU50 Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers 12 14 9 16 1 52
CU54 1 1
CU80 Breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle, such as using a mobile phone 29 75 52 81 90 327
CU84 1 1 2
DD10 Causing serious injury by dangerous driving 81 271 362 489 248 1,451
DD40 Dangerous driving 1,614 4,389 5,334 5,801 3,071 20,209
DD42 1 1 1 2 2 7
DD44 2 2
DD46 1 1
DD60 Manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle 3 1 3 5 12
DD80 Causing death by dangerous driving 65 126 177 186 94 648
DD82 1 1
DD90 Furious driving 1 4 5 10
DG10 Driving or attempting to drive with drug level above the specified limit 1,637 8,558 11,264 7,041 28,500
DG40 In charge of a vehicle while drug level above specified limit 14 65 88 54 221
DG60 Causing death by careless driving with drug level above the limit 2 9 5 16
DR10 Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit 34,464 34,389 33,480 31,269 16,505 150,107
DR12 8 4 5 4 21
DR14 1 1
DR20 Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink 446 497 532 511 302 2,288
DR30 Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis 4,598 4,835 5,390 5,461 2,897 23,181
DR31 Driving or attempting to drive then refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity 5 5 17 28 15 70
DR40 In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit 217 540 615 568 304 2,244
DR50 In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink 34 81 90 89 54 348
DR60 Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive 136 325 308 310 184 1,263
DR61 Refusing to give permission for analysis of a blood sample that was taken without consent due to incapacity in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive 3 2 2 9 8 24
DR70 Failing to provide specimen for breath test 41 97 121 130 85 474
DR80 Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs 838 866 773 574 331 3,382
DR90 In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs 18 34 24 35 12 123
IN10 Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks 1,971 4,204 4,189 4,321 2,154 16,839
IN12 1 1 3 1 6
IN14 29 50 50 32 17 178
LC10 1 3 1 5
LC14 1 1
LC20 Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence 131 297 288 290 155 1,161
LC24 1 1
LC30 Driving after making a false declaration about fitness when applying for a licence 2 2 4
LC40 Driving a vehicle having failed to notify a disability 1 1 2
LC50 Driving after a licence has been cancelled (revoked) or refused on medical grounds 1 4 7 14 12 38
MR09 Reckless or dangerous driving (whether or not resulting in death, injury or serious risk) 7 5 12 1 25
MR19 Wilful failure to carry out the obligation placed on driver after being involved in a road accident (hit or run) 1 1 2
MR29 Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substance affecting or diminishing the mental and physical abilities of a driver 12 31 23 48 7 121
MR39 Driving a vehicle faster than the permitted speed 1 2 3 2 8
MR49 Driving a vehicle while disqualified 3 1 1 2 7
MR59 Other conduct constituting an offence for which a driving disqualification has been imposed by the State of Offence 7 28 10 14 4 63
MS10 Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position 1 2 3
MS20 Unlawful pillion riding 2 2
MS50 Motor racing on the highway 7 12 27 2 6 54
MS60 Offences not covered by other codes (including offences relating to breach of requirements as to control a vehicle) 51 136 98 101 56 442
MS90 Failure to give information as to identify of driver etc 82 273 314 297 123 1,089
MW10 Contravention of special roads regulations (excluding speed limits) 2 2 2 3 9
NE96 1 1 1 3
NE97 23 51 74 65 3 216
NE98 180 448 512 712 289 2,141
NE99 163 359 220 214 162 1,118
PC10 Undefined contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations 1 1
PC20 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with moving vehicle 1 1 1 3
PC30 Contravention of pedestrian crossing regulations with stationary vehicle 1 2 3 1 7
SP10 Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits 38 119 72 66 41 336
SP20 Exceeding speed limit for type of vehicle (excluding goods or passenger vehicles) 1 7 11 11 11 41
SP30 Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road 1,229 3,089 2,979 2,928 1,509 11,734
SP40 Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit 2 2 11 3 18
SP50 Exceeding speed limit on a motorway 502 1,421 1,395 1,205 710 5,233
SP60 1 1
TS10 Failing to comply with traffic light signals 11 18 23 22 11 85
TS20 Failing to comply with double white lines 1 3 3 1 8
TS30 Failing to comply with 'stop' sign 2 1 1 4
TS40 Failing to comply with direction of a constable/warden 6 15 12 12 9 54
TS50 Failing to comply with traffic sign (excluding 'stop' signs, traffic lights or double white lines) 1 2 1 3 7
TT99 Special code - shows disqualification under 'totting-up' - if the total of penalty points reaches 12 or more within 3 years, the driver can be disqualified 7,478 21,825 24,150 29,137 18,726 101,316
UT10 10 7 2 19
UT20 2 2
UT40 6 16 3 25
UT50 Aggravated taking of a vehicle 1,096 2,449 2,495 2,252 1,080 9,372
UT52 1 1
UT54 1 1
Total   58,721 90,737 101,826 108,470 61,811 421,565



Total number of notifications received by DVLA for the last 5 years (eyesight related conditions)


Year Number of notifications
2013 166,148
2014 161,117
2015 156,367
2016 173,975
2017 200,289
Total 857,896


Total number of licenses that have been refused on application for a licence or revoked for eyesight related conditions over the last 5 years


Year Group 1 (car/motorcycle) Group 2 (lorry/bus)
2013 7,373 2,035
2014 9,077 1,306
2015 9,059 1,134
2016 9,094 1,298
2017 8,200 1,192
Total 42,803 6,965 49,768
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