Action Alert: Support Deaf and Hard of Hearing Truck Drivers!
Deaf and hard of hearing truck drivers need your support! We need your
help to tell the U.S. Department of Transportation that deaf and hard
of hearing people should be permitted to drive trucks!
For the first time in history, the U.S. Department of Transportation
(DOT) is considering the applications for exemptions from the
Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDL) hearing requirements for 45 deaf and
hard of hearing individuals submitted by the National Association of
the Deaf (NAD). The U.S. DOT is requesting comments from the public, so
show your support now.
The physical qualification requires individuals to prove they can
“first perceive a forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less
than 5 feet with or without the use of a hearing aid” or “not have an
average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500
Hz, 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid . . .” (see 49
C.F.R. § 391.41(b)(11) for more details).
For the full list of the 45 individuals, please read our article on
deaf and hard of hearing truck drivers obtaining CDLs:
Take action now – submit comments to the DOT explaining why they should
allow these 45 deaf and hard of hearing truck drivers to get CDLs! Read
our article and follow the easy steps to submit your comments.
Thanks for taking action now!
The National Association of the Deaf
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 820
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3819