Handicap Truck Parking Spaces???

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The Persian Conversion's Comment
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OK I apologize if this post comes off as insensitive or anything, that's not my intention, I'm just curious and genuinely confused about something:

What are the handicap truck parking spaces at truck stops for?

I just don't understand how you can be handicapped and still pass a DOT physical and be able to perform all the required job duties of truckers.

Am I missing something here?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Old School's Comment
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You insensitive *******! smile.gif

I know it sounds kind of odd, but there are waivers available to drivers with disabilities. I saw a one-legged driver in Georgia just two days ago. He drove for U. S. Express. He had two walking sticks - the kind that have a place to grip with your hand and sort of a grip that clamps to your forearm.

He impressed me!

ChickieMonster's Comment
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There are quite a few handicapped drivers out there. I've always wondered how the handicapped spots work because my husband is disabled. We have a handicap placard for the car and I see the placards in trucks.

Anybody know the requirements for these?

Bill F.'s Comment
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I did some googling for you and came up with this web page: Trucking Jobs for the Disabled they recommend truckers with questions like yours contact the Job Accommodation Network. They are a service of the U.S. Department of Labor and have a toll free number on the front page of their web site. Both articles are short and interesting.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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Thanks a bunch Bill! I haven't had time to look this up so that's great info!

OldRookie's Comment
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Hey ChickieMonster... off topic but, what year and model KW are you driving? Is it auto or manual?

Pat M.'s Comment
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It's an ADA thing but there are drivers out there that would pass out if they had to walk 10 feet further. I mean the ones that walk 100 feet and are huffing and puffing trying to catch their breath. They don't have to be overweight either. Some have respiratory issues that give them the disability.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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Hey ChickieMonster... off topic but, what year and model KW are you driving? Is it auto or manual?

It's a 2014 T680 automatic. I adore the automatic and the sleeper is so roomy!

Rick S.'s Comment
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There are things that can get you a handicapped placard - that won't necessarily DQ you on a DOT physical.

I've got some calcified toe joints in my right foot. My podiatrist gave me a HC letter. But I rarely use it, it's not too often that they bother me enough to use a HC spot though.

Rick

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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OK now I feel like a fool/jerk/idiot for asking this question! All these answers should have been obvious to me...

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