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One-eyed drivers

2nd January 1970, Page 30
2nd January 1970
Page 30
Page 30, 2nd January 1970 — One-eyed drivers
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

I agree with the letter from Mr. S. Mustell (CM December 12, "No reason for exclusion-) who argues that men with one eye. history of epilepsy or a badly deformed or missing limb should not be automatically excluded from holding an h.g.v i cence. His remarks are common sense.

I know a good driver of an artic who has loss of sight in one eye, and another, an owner, tester and engineer, who drives all types of vehicles—and holds a clean licence.

However, I consider that the standard of today's driving is far below average, and I am all for road safety. But I would suggest that the MoT gets proof before rushing into legislation to restrict drivers from obtaining h.g.v. licences.

In a CM editorial it was stated that "no sane person will quarrel with automatic exclusion from h.g.v. driving of men with one eye.

To be perfectly blunt, as a sane man I will quarrel with any authority which issues statements which may harm a person's livelihood. I wonder whether any member of the BMA has been so unfortunate as to lose the sight of an eye and is a driver.

I will go even further and issue a challenge to the BMA. MoT or any other body over this matter. At my own expense I am willing to prove that I am talking sense by producing one of the drivers about whom I am writing, plus five or six vehicles, in order to conduct a test and prove that a one-eyed man can be a good driver.

Those who should be banned from driving are the maniacs involved recently in the motorway madness.

J. HOLLEY, Epsom, Surrey.


Organisations: BMA
People: S. Mustell
Locations: Surrey

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