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Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The European Commission's proposed working group on eyesight standards for driver licensing has not yet met and the information requested does not yet exist. The UK will be represented on the working group by a senior medical official of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The medical standards for driver licensing in member states of the European Union are set out in Annex III to Directive 91/439/EEC. It lies within the competence of the European Commission to adapt these standards to scientific and technical progress as set out in Directive 97/26/EC. The setting up of the proposed working group does not of itself inhibit the United Kingdom from taking action on its own within that framework.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The advice I gave on 11 March in the Written Answer (HL1981) does not conflict with that given by my noble and learned friend Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 11 March in the Written Answer (HL1979). My Answer stated that there were no official statistics attributing road traffic accidents to specific medical conditions, including defective eyesight and thus the case. My noble and learned friend Lord Falconer said that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency was informed by police of 228 driving incidents in the year 2001 in which defective eyesight may have been a factor. These statistics do not constitute evidence of accidents that can be attributed to defective eyesight. They are notifications of incidents which, in the view of the policeman attending, may have been contributed to by an eyesight problem. As well as accidents, the figures include incidents such as where a motorist has been stopped for erratic driving.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The Strategic Rail Authority's strategic plan contains no such plans. The authority is acting as the agent of the Scottish Executive for the reletting of the Scotrail franchise. It is for the executive to determine the service improvements they wish to see.
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