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Driving Eyesight Test - Minimum Vision Requirement to Drive

Do you need 20/20 vision to drive legally?

As we've covered in our article regarding eyesight standards to drive in different countries, we take a look at a typical street scene you might encounter and have applied filters to show how the same street scene might look to different people with different standards or eyesight. In the UK, the minimum eyesight requirement to legally drive is the equivalent of 20/40 vision (6/12 on the Snellen test). To put it simply, that equates to having the ability to be able to read a standard UK number plate from 20m (60ft), or the equivalent of approximately 2 double decker buses.

Italy and Turkey have the equivalent of 20/20 minimum vision requirement, the highest standards anywhere in the world, most countries require the equivalent of 20/40, whereas the most relaxed requirements are in India and surprisingly Canada where 20/50 vision is deemed acceptable.

Mouse / rollover the buttons to view the equivalent vision from different eyesight standards*
  • 2020
  • 2040
  • 2050
  • 2060
driving eyesight 20 20
driving eyesight 20 40
driving eyesight 20 50
driving eyesight 20 60

*image is representative only, the taxi is approximately 20m away and is only a guide. It is recommended that you have your eyes tested regularly to ensure you meet the minimum standards to drive legally.

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