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How To Pass The PCV And HGV Eye Test

Updated: Apr 18



Here are the best ways to ensure you pass your HGV eye test when you do your HGV Medical.


This article addresses your visual acuity (how far you can see clearly). There are other requirements such as peripheral vision. These are best discussed with your doctor / optician if you have concerns about this.


The DVLA is able to organise a special test to check your peripheral vision. This is done if there are any concerns / conditions which may affect this.


The Normal Car Eye Test Requirement


Firstly, the car eye test is more lenient than the


HGV. The car eye test requires you to be able to read a number plate from 20m, in good daylight.


Furthermore, this is the same as 6/12 on a professional snellen chart with both eyes open. Or if you only have vision in one eye 6/12 with that eye. Most people use the number plate requirement as it is easier to understand and implement.


Furthermore, glasses / contact lenses can be worn to meet the standard.


The HGV Eye Test Requirement


Firstly, the requirement for the HGV eye test is a little higher than with cars.


It is difficult for people to assess this without a professional snellen chart. As there is no object you can use as a reference.


Moreover, the eye test is done by standing 3m from the snellen chart. Each line is read until you are not able to or you meet normal vision.

HGV Eye test

Here is a summary of the requirements for t


he HGV eye test.

  1. You need to be able to see with both eyes*.

  2. The visual acuity requirement is 6/7.5 in the good eye and 6/60 in the bad eye. Your doctor / optician will be able to test this for you.

  3. No issues with glare sensitivity. Some discomfort is acceptable - incapacity by glare is not allowed.

  4. No difficulty with contrast sensitivity or impairment of twilight vision (vision in the dark)

  5. Glasses / contact lenses can be worn to meet the standard. However, the strength has to be less than +8 dioptres. This is on your glasses prescription.

How To Pass The HGV Eye Test


It is best to just attend for the HGV Medical with plenty of time on your renewal date. Hence why you can submit medical form 4 months after the date of assessment.


Therefore if you do not meet the requirement you have ample time to see an optician.


Furthermore, a good start would be to check if you can read a number plate from 20m. Therefore, if you find this difficult then it may be worth getting an eye test before you come for your HGV Medical.


The doctor will let you know if you do not meet the requirement.


HGV Eye Test Top Tips

  1. Attend for you medical well rested

  2. Attend early so you are not rushed

  3. Bring your glasses / contact lenses with you if you have a pair

  4. Bring your glasses prescription with you

  5. Avoid looking down at your phone excessively prior to your eye test

What Happens If I Do Not Meet The HGV Eye Test Requirement?


Lastly this is the main concern of many people. If this is the case, Don't worry. The D4 Medical form is split into two parts. The medical and vision assessment. You can take the D4 form to the optician who will assess your eyes and prescribe you glasses if this helps.


Sometimes you may find that on a different day or with different lighting your eyes do better. Moreover, his is only natural. Tiredness definitely does make a difference. Don't be alarmed if your eye test is better with your optician it is possible.


Ultimately, It all starts with your HGV medical.

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*However, there are some exceptions for people with grandfather rights see the DVLA guidance for full information.

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