Re: Color vision, was Re: CDL and Pain Meds
- From: "tscottme" <blahblah@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 04:59:54 -0500
The purpose of the CDL is to forego differences between states and their
licensing requirements. Color vision is checked. You can get a definitive
answer by calling a doctor that issues DOT physicals. My reading of the
link below doesn't indicate one manner of testing color vision is required.
Undoubtedly the manner of testing must meet certain minimum requirements. I
can tell you that the standard "colors in circle" book is the same book used
in aviation physicals. My guess is the test book is a standard item
available through medical supply sources and that explains why they are used
so often. My last exam didn't use the color book but had the nurse/doctor
point to various colored pieces of plastic stuck to various places around
the office. One thing keep in mind, you will need to pass a pre-hire exam
for the companies you hope to work for. Companies accomplish this in
various ways. Some companies require that you complete an exam from a
doctor or list of doctors they recognize. Some companies will allow you to
show up with proof of a valid exam and the company will do little more than
administer a drug screen before hiring. So even if you can find a doctor to
administer a test of your preference, the trucking company may or may not
recognize it. Just as some companies are very strict about requirements to
hire drivers they may not be inclined to work with you if you fail the
vision test from the doctor they use. I'd suggest that if this is important
to you, after seeing what the people post here, you search the
www.FMCSA.dot.gov web site and become an expert on the topic. You may have
to educate some key people on the regulations, if they just use the standard
test and haven't had anyone in your situation ask otherwise.
The current requirements are made up of widely accepted and easily
administered vision tests,
which evaluate CMV drivers' central static "visual acuity," i.e., clearness
of vision, and static
peripheral horizontal visual field. Under the requirements drivers must
distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 (as measured by the standard Snellen
chart test) in
each eye without corrective lenses, or visual acuity separately corrected to
20/40 or better
with corrective lenses;
distant binocular acuity of at least 20/40 in both eyes, with or without
a field of vision of at least 70 degrees in the horizontal meridian in each
the ability to recognize the standard red, green, and amber colors in
traffic signals and
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"The Family" <lgvwalk@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> I have a somewhat related question, at least regarding the qualification
> for CDL. Like rog350(whose post I piggybacked this onto), I have
> been giving thought to a second career in driving.
> I guess I would think that these CDL requirements are state specific,
> but I could easily be wrong. I've read in my Texas locale handbook,
> that color blindness is a CDL disqualifier.
> But then, I'd also read where individuals had been granted permission
> to forego the "numbers in the circle" test, in favor of a yarn test, and
> others, that require a more basic color perception.
> So, what's the story? color. or no color?
> Thanks, this is my first time in the group.
> <rog350@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> > I have had daily headaches since I was 14 now I am 50. The headaches
> > last 4-5 hours everyday from the time I wake up to afternoon.
> > With pain meds I can function in the morning no problem. Also I have
> > driven for 35 years with no accidents. Yes I know CDL require you to
> > be drug free but I have always wanted to drive a big rig and be part of
> > the life. Its one of the things I want to do before I leave this life.
> > Any ideas how I could still be a driver under my circumstances ??
> > Roger on Cape Cod
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