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They say I can clearly see – but can I?
journal contributionposted on 25.01.2019, 00:00 by Darren DelaneyDarren Delaney
Truck driving requires the application of more advanced skills than driving a standard motor vehicle, and as acknowledged by relevant licensing authorities truck drivers must pass a more stringent medical assessment. Therefore, the vision standards applied by the relevant licensing authorities in the assessment regime would suggest that the truck driver has good vision. However, by examining the standards, it is noted that real world driving conditions are not considered in the true sense of what a driver can actually see working in a highly dynamic environment. The review conducted by various independent agencies found the clinical management guidelines quite complex and difficult to understand, and the depth in information for vision and the importance that vision plays for the truck driver remains scarce. With vision playing an integral component in truck driving any deficits in functioning vision may be the key to a range of serious medical conditions and the trigger to the high number of serious and fatal collisions that involve heavy vehicles, noticeable gaps become evident in what is considered acceptable in safe driving and good vision.