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Have you seen DVLA’s HGV changes?

Like most practices, we do a number of HGV examinations for the DVLA.

I checked the At a Glance Guide to Current Medical Standards of Fitness to Drive and was surprised to see that for Group 2, the visual acuity standards have changed.

The required acuity for the better eye is 6/7.5 rather than 6/9.

As far as I am aware, GPs have not been notified of the change and indeed we do not have a suitable Snellen chart with a 6/7.5 line. In addition, there seems to be an extra requirement for Group 1 visual acuity.

I was quite shocked that fundamental changes such as these were not notified to GPs in advance.

From Dr Hercules Robinson, Castletown, Caithness