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Would a blind person ever get on a bike and ride it into traffic?


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Would a blind person ever get on a bike and ride it into traffic?
Maybe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa2Hw1f4Y6o
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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

Yeah well contrary to that guy, I'm not blind, and don't use sonar
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I mean.. yeah?
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Old 10.03.2018, 11:45
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Well simple research would suggest that 3 months is enough for a learners licence, and after asking about my local commune, you can complete the valid licence here with a foreign learners licence, this is of course only for some countries.
And you must be out of Switzerland for at least 12 months.

And you would still need to pass the eye exam.

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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

OP - I'm sorry to hear that your vision can't be improved with today's technology. As you're young, maybe there will be advances that can eventually help you or at least prevent the vision from getting worse.

I can understand your frustration but please don't try to get around the system. It's in place for a reason. Having the legal right to drive is liberating I guess, but if you can't see what the heck is going on I can't imagine it would actually be that enjoyable. Would you not be concerned for your own safety, much less that of others?

If you want to learn to drive for the fun of it in some country that doesn't care about your visual acuity then that's your choice, but don't try to do it and convert a license here.

On the upside, of all the places to be stuck without the ability to drive, I'd say Switzerland is not a bad option.
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Old 10.03.2018, 12:27
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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

OP, browse through the many threads discussing the very harsh penalties Switzerland levies for even minor driving infractions. Then think about how your poor eyesight increases the chance that you will make mistakes.

That might temper your enthusiasm to drive here.
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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

Also take into consideration that average driving in North America is, in many ways, less taxing on the eyes then in Europe.
The roads are wider.
Less obstacles on the way.
Less interaction with pedestrians, bikes and mopeds.
Road signs and traffic lights are standardized.
Different driving mentality.
Hardly any circles!
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Also take into consideration that average driving in North America is, in many ways, less taxing on the eyes then in Europe.
The roads are wider.
Less obstacles on the way.
Less interaction with pedestrians, bikes and mopeds.
Road signs and traffic lights are standardized.
Different driving mentality.
Hardly any circles!
yeah I guess you're right about that ^^
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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

one eye sees 100% of my vision. My other eye sees at 30%. Is it okay to get my driver's license? what are the degree standards for both eyes? Does it have to be more than 60% in both eyes?
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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

I believe you can get a license if you have lost vision in one eye.
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one eye sees 100% of my vision. My other eye sees at 30%. Is it okay to get my driver's license? what are the degree standards for both eyes? Does it have to be more than 60% in both eyes?
For an ordinary licence the requirements are only 50% for the better eye and 20% for the other, so you should be fine.
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So blind folks are allowed to ride bikes here?
On a tandem for sure. But even for regular bikes you can have a pretty bad vision and still able to ride a bike.

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one eye sees 100% of my vision. My other eye sees at 30%. Is it okay to get my driver's license? what are the degree standards for both eyes? Does it have to be more than 60% in both eyes?
One eyed persons must have at least 0.6 in the good eye (same rule for persons where the vision in one eye is bellow 0.2).

Category D, D1, C, C1, taxi, school bus, and ambulance drivers need at least 0.8 in the better eye, and 0.5 in the other.



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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

Probably in the link but not mentioned, you also need a minimum standard of visual field range and no significant holes in the vision. I don't think you can necessarily rely on a standard driving licence eye test for this.
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I believe you can get a license if you have lost vision in one eye.
Yes, no problem. I have a friend who lost an eye as a child, he's been driving for 50 years.

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Well simple research would suggest that 3 months is enough for a learners licence, and after asking about my local commune, you can complete the valid licence here with a foreign learners licence, this is of course only for some countries. And the compulsory eye test doesn't add up to me as both my parents had their licence made in Dubai and neither had to take any additional eye tests, the licence was accepted without further complications.

I am Swiss born (and British) took my car and motorcycle tests in Switzerland aged 18 - then had to retake in UK (pre EU you had to retake when becoming resident). When we returned here 11 years ago- we had to switch to Swiss driving licences, and had to have eye tests in Switzerland. So truly cannot understand how your parents got away with not having to do so themselves.


I am very sorry about your handicap- but I am very sorry, I cannot condone anyone wanting to drive here (or anywhere) with poor eyesight which could result in an accident which could maim or kill innocents.
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Yes, no problem. I have a friend who lost an eye as a child, he's been driving for 50 years.

Tom

yes, same for my brother.
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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

Having just driven through the centre of Zurich in rush hour, with perfect (corrected by glasses) eyesight... I would absolutely not attempt to drive with sub par (by which I mean under legal requirement) vision.


Trams. Cyclists. Pedestrians. Traffic lights. Buses. Motorcycles. Those bloody e-scooters. Every pedestrian crossing either has pedestrian lights or it doesn't - which determines whether it is the car drivers right of way or not. Flashing orange on a green light? You can go but be prepared to stop. Cycle lane on the left, switching to the right? Solid white lines/dashed white lines? One lane merging into two, two lanes merging into one... Buses only. Bikes only. Cars only? (Not often enough!)



Switzerland is not an easy country to drive in, IMHO.



If I was 17 again, I think I would just take the tram.





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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

Cheer up, soon we will have autonomous cars everywhere! Besides what is in it for you? Driving a car is not much fun and you rather don't need it in Switzerland. I have much more fun riding downhill on a mountain bike.
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