Cabbies on the right road to better vision

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A BULWELL-based taxi firm has its sights set on road safety this winter — after its drivers have been offered free eye tests by the Hucknall branch of Specsavers.

The initiative has been launched in the run-up to the festive season to ensure cabbies’ eyes are in tip-top condition to transport party-goers during Christmas.

Gary Allen, director of Central Cars, of Main Street, said: “We have 200 vehicles, including eight-seater minibuses, carrying 60,000 passengers a week.

“Our drivers are very busy and will be spending a lot of time behind the wheel throughout the winter. This is why we have teamed up with Specsavers to make sure our drivers’ eyes are as healthy as possible.”

Vicki Bainbridge, a store director at Specsavers in Hucknall, said: “As we approach the festive season, taxi-drivers will be working around the clock, which may put their vision under extra strain due to tiredness, dazzling car headlights or poorly-lit areas.

“We want to encourage them to come and book an appointment at the store to get their sight tested.”

Other branches of Specsavers around Nottingham have also teamed up with Central Cars to offer free eye tests.

OUR PHOTO shows optometrist and store director Stephen Archer (right) giving driver John Brookbanks a quick check-up — DISPIC NHUD 11-3143-2.