Crowborough crash driver could barely see in front of him

A recent car crash near Crowborough has highlighted the need for drivers to ensure their eyesight reaches the required standards.

At 12.45pm on Friday June 27 on the A26 Eridge Road at Boarshead a Mitsubishi Shogun 4x4 collided with an articulated lorry parked on the roadside outside the BP filling station.

Emergency services attended and the car driver, a 79-year-old man from Eridge Green, was cut free from his vehicle and taken to Pembury Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, for treatment to minor injuries. The lorry driver was unhurt.

When later required to take an eyesight test by reading a car number plate at a distance, the Shogun driver’s inability to do so shocked officers who were present.

Sergeant Dan Pitcher, of the East Sussex Road Policing Unit, said: “He was only able to clearly read a number plate at a distance of just one metre, or 39 inches.

“The law says you must be able to read a number plate at 20.5 metres for an old style plate, or 20 metres for a new style one.

“As a result, the gentleman’s driving licence was immediately revoked by the DVLA and he is no longer allowed behind the wheel.”

Sgt Pitcher said it was fortunate that the driver’s poor vision had not had more serious consequences.

He urged all motorists to ensure that they are visually capable of driving according to the law’s requirements.