Warning as DVLA revokes 650,000 driving licences and 'it's the tip of the iceberg'

The DVLA has revoked a staggering 650,000 driving licences from motorists across the UK, leaving many without the right to drive due to serious health concerns.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that an astonishing 646,972 drivers have had their licences taken away for medical reasons in the past ten years.

John Wilmot, CEO of LeaseLoco, commented: "Since the start of 2014, more than 650,000 drivers have had their licences revoked due to medical reasons."

Mr Wilmot expressed concern that this figure might only be the beginning, asking: "But this could be just the tip of the iceberg. How many people are driving with medical conditions they haven't reported?" He further noted: "With so many of us relying on our cars for work and leisure, some drivers may think it's worth the risk to stay silent."

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Highlighting the potential consequences of not reporting, he said: "For them, surrendering their licence could mean losing their mobility, their job, and the ability to visit family and friends."

It's illegal to drive if your eyesight worsens after passing your test, and you could face prosecution, reports Birmingham Live.

The DVLA stipulates: "You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres. You must also meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving by having a visual acuity of at least decimal 0.5 (6/12) measured on the Snellen scale (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) using both eyes together or, if you have sight in one eye only, in that eye."

Drivers are also required to possess an "adequate field of vision," a check that can be conducted at an optometrist, the DVLA's online guidance states. The website further cautions that failing to inform the DVLA of any changes in eyesight or existing medical conditions could result in a fine of up to £1,000 and points on your licence.

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