Nigel Corbett, Corporate Social Responsibility Director, Essilor Ltd
Nigel Corbett's UK campaign supports a global drive to cut the figure of 3,500 people killed on the roads each day. The United Nations has partnered with the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) to halve that statistic before 2020. Essilor International is supporting the FIA.
Presentation: Driving Blind: making a step-change in driving vision road safety
The 'Driving Blind' petition for statutory periodic vision screening for all drivers is winning support, and not before time.
UK regulations for drivers’ eyesight are some of the weakest in Europe and rely on self-regulation and reporting. Road safety should start with good vision yet we let drivers pass their test without having a full exam to prove their eyes are roadworthy and then drive for the rest of their lives unpoliced.
Campaign manager Nigel Corbett will use his presentation to report on political support for his 'Road Safety Starts with Good Vision Manifesto', which calls for new drivers to be vision tested and certified, with follow-up tests over their driving lives. He will also present sobering statistical evidence.
He explains the limits of public education for a behaviour pattern linked to 3,000 casualties each year. After reports from The World Health Organisation declaring poor eyesight a key risk factor in road crashes, could UK politicians finally be poised to make a road safety step-change under the weight of public support, and heed expert advice? What can road safety professionals do to 'Say No to Driving Blind'?