The aim of D6 is to ensure that operators monitor and manage driver fitness and health to ensure the safety and welfare of their drivers as well as members of the public. D6 requires operators to check drivers’ eyesight (such as reading a new style number plate at a distance of 20 metres) prior to starting work and at least every six months. Eyesight should be checked at an optician following an eyesight check failure, incident or near-miss.
To meet this requirement, our auditors will be looking for a written policy on driver fitness and health which is reviewed annually. There should be a system in place evidencing that eyesight checks are being carried out every 6 months. They will also be looking for any evidence of a driver failing an eyesight check and being recommended to visit an optician. Finally, they will be looking for evidence of a register for drivers to report any medical conditions that have changed or to list prescribed/over the counter medication being taken.