Deaf Truck Drivers Petition DOT Approval
Cincinnati, OH, – Deaf big truck drivers are denied Commercial Drivers License from the Department of Transportation. Implying being Deaf prohibits them from being safe 18-wheeler drivers.
Today in the United States there is a shortage of qualified big truck drivers. Deaf truck drivers are eager to fill the many positions needed to continue to move freight across the country. The question most people have, “…are Deaf truck drivers as safe as hearing drivers?” Supported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2008 Executive Study of the hearing requirements concluded the inability to satisfy the hearing requirement does not increase safety risk.
Deaf truck drivers are able to drive within a state with a 100 mile limitation legally.
Additionally, Deaf drivers are able to drive cars, busses, and 18 wheeler trucks. The petition states that if a man or woman big truck driver is qualified in every way except hearing, they should be issued a CDL, A & B.
There is a national petition being circulated to encourage the DOT to eliminate the hearing requirement. The petition is located on www.ListenToMeToday.com. The petition will be sent to the DOT, Congressmen, and the National Association of the Deaf, and other influential organizations.
Ted Holcomb, President , www.ListenToMeToday.com says, “ I have observed how focused, attentive, and aware of their surroundings Deaf drivers are. Their desire to be treated the same as hearing big truck drivers when it comes to being responsible and capable drivers is significant.” They deserve to be issued all necessary licenses to be able to drive their trucks across the USA.
Founded in 2009 with the purpose of recognizing and promoting the positive realities of being deaf and voiceless. Recognizing being deaf and voiceless is not to be considered a disability. Rather an inconvenience requiring more effort, more creative thinking and more acceptances by the hearing culture. www.ListenToMeToday.com bridges the gap between the two cultures. To learn more about ListenToMeToday.com, go to contact@ListenToMeToday.com.
Ted Holcomb, President
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