Driver who flipped car surrenders licence after failing eye test

The driver was not injured in the incident, but officers later discovered they were only able to see three metres in front of the windscreen.

Dalkeith driver who could only see three metres ahead flips car on A1 before failing eye test Police Scotland

A driver, unable to see more than three metres in front of them, has been forced to surrender their licence after their car flipped onto its roof on the A1.

On Tuesday afternoon, road policing officers in Dalkeith attended the incident where a vehicle was seen to be on its roof.

The driver was uninjured in the incident, however was subjected to a roadside eye test.

Officers discovered that the driver could only read a registration plate from a distance of 3.05m.

Drivers must be able to meet the minimum eyesight standards for driving set out by the DVLA which means they should be able to read a car number plate from 20m – with glasses or contact lenses if necessary. 

The DVLA were notified of the incident and the driver surrendered their licence to police.

Posting about the incident on Twitter, a spokesperson for Police Scotland wrote: “#DalkeithRP attended a vehicle on its roof on the A1. 

“The driver was uninjured & subject to a roadside eye test. 

“Officers discovered the driver could only read a registration plate from a distance of 3.05m (requirement is 20m). 

“Driving licence was surrendered & DVLA notified.”