Bristol driver who was not wearing his glasses has his licence taken away
A DRIVER had his licence taken off him because he was not wearing his glasses.
The 22-year-old Bristol man was stopped by police on suspicion of speeding and is the first example in the force area of a motorist falling foul of “Cassie’s Law”.
The legislation was put in place after the death a Colchester 16-year-old called Cassie McCord, who was killed in 2011 by an elderly motorist who had been told by police not to drive after failing an eye test.
A campaign led to changes at the DVLA, which issues and administers licences.
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The 22-year-old driver was stopped as he travelled along Gatton Road, near the M32, shortly after 2pm on February 27.
It was a condition of his licence that he had to wear glasses or contact lenses when he was behind the wheel.
The police officer who stopped him contacted the DVLA and within hours the man had his driving licence revoked.
Chief Inspector John Holt, of Avon and Somerset’s Operations and Roads Policing Unit, said he now expected more application of the new rules across the force area.
“Previously we would have had to write to or fax the DVLA to request the removal of a licence, which could take several days,” he said. “Now we can just telephone or email and take a potentially dangerous driver off the roads in just a few minutes.
“This is an important new weapon in our ongoing campaign to make the roads in Avon and Somerset safer for all.”