To drive legally in the UK you must be able to read a vehicle registration plate (manufactured from 2001)  from a distance of 20 metres.

If you struggle to judge distances then try and imagine the length of TWO DOUBLE DECKER BUSES.

If you need to wear glasses to read the number plate, you MUST wear glasses each and every time you drive.  

Regarding the driving test, your driving examiner will check your eyesight before your driving test. If you are unable to read the number plate, your test will be cancelled and you will lose any money you have paid.

On test day, you will normally be given three attempts at reading the number plate.

  1. From the examiners regular spot.
  2. From the examiners estimated 20 metres.
  3. If you're still unable to read the number plate,  the examiner will get a 20 metre measure and give you a pen and piece of paper. You do not have to say the number plate, but will be given the opportunity to write it down instead.
  4. If you are still unable to read the number plate your test will be cancelled and lose any monies paid.
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