Any changes made to the driver licence system will maintain or improve road safety.
Good vision is important for safe driving. However, research suggests that eyesight testing at every stage of the licensing process does not improve road safety.
The research conducted during the scoping phase of the review has been peer reviewed and supports the finding that there are no apparent safety benefits to be gained from repeated eyesight testing.
The proposal in the yellow draft rule includes an eyesight test at first renewal at or after the age of 45, which is an age where research indicates vision begins to deteriorate for a significant part of the population, and then again for each renewal from the age of 75.
Drivers of Class 2, 4, and 5 vehicles, and those with commercial endorsements (e.g. “P”) will still be required to have regular eyesight tests. This is because these drivers have very high exposure – many drive well over 100,000 km per year.