A new assignment for VTI: analyse test methods for medical vision requirements for driving licences

VTI will investigate the conditions for developing and validating driving ability tests for people with visual field loss.

“It’s good that the government is addressing this important issue, which affects many people. It’s also good that it is clear that the assignment will be carried out in collaboration with the Swedish Transport Agency and the Swedish Transport Administration, which are the authorities that will be affected by any changes,” says Jan Andersson, Professor of HMI (Human-Machine Interaction) at VTI.

In cooperation with the Swedish Transport Agency and the Swedish Transport Administration, VTI will analyse and develop test methods for assessing whether exceptions can be granted from medical requirements for driving licences regarding horizontal field of vision.

VTI will investigate whether there are traffic-safe tests that could be used for this purpose. The findings of the assignment must be reported before 30 September 2022.

If a good test method is identified, people who face losing their driving licences due to visual field loss will have the opportunity to demonstrate that they can drive safely and thus can be exempted from the medical requirements.

Text: Marina Krig
Translated by: Semantix AB