Above The Knee Amputee Wants To Drive Again

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Forrest B.'s Comment
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Is it possible being an ak amputee to drive a big truck again. I drove for CFI in 2005-2007. Was hit by an 18 wheeler in 2008 causing a leg amputation. Are their regulations against this.

Will I be able to get hired again after I acquire my CDL license again.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
ChosenOne's Comment
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It is possible, I know a Vet who drives for Western Express and he is a right leg amputee. I just sent him a text, he said you will need to get a SPE Waiver. He said it was an easy process, and sent me this link, said to tell you to download the "New Driver Application Package". He said it will explain what you need to do. He also said he sees more amputees OTR than he thought he would and you won't be alone.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

ChosenOne's Comment
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This is the link to the FMCSA Package

The link did not show up on the first post argh. I need to be more careful. Good luck!

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Forrest B.'s Comment
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Thank you so much! That is great to hear. I'm so excited and ready to get back on the road. Haven't decided yet on a company but I will soon. Will need to go with an automatic truck due to my amputation. But I am ready to hit the road again.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I've also been quite surprised by the number of amputees I've seen OTR.

Best of luck to you! I'm feeling positive about your situation.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Forrest B.'s Comment
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Thank you so much! I can't wait. The greatest career I've ever had. Met some amazing people.

Old School's Comment
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I saw a leg amputee driving for U.S. Express recently. They have an all automatic fleet.

Forrest B.'s Comment
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I have heard about US Express with the automatics. I have been researching a little bit. Not too sure about them just yet though. I'm sure my choices will be limited though.

Old School's Comment
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Forrest, ignore the Internet trash talkers. Brett worked for US Express six years. It is a great company - very well run.

PegLegPete's Comment
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So, what happened man? I am in a similar boat but I am a BK amputee and can drive a manual. I go into the DMV 8/12/19 for my road and skills test for my CDL. The doctor that did the physical for my medical card did not seem to worry about my amputation. Very strange indeed. I would really like to hear the outcome for you and the process. I don't think I need the SPE if I'm driving fuel or rock or cement locally. I live in So. California so all those commodities are extracted here and don't cross state lines. However, I want to go OTR. I was a driver for Schneider 2002 - 2004 until I too was in an accident. I hope your still around and haunting this formum. It's been a real tough go to get any information from anyone other than I need an SPE. Thanks in advance

Is it possible being an ak amputee to drive a big truck again. I drove for CFI in 2005-2007. Was hit by an 18 wheeler in 2008 causing a leg amputation. Are their regulations against this.

Will I be able to get hired again after I acquire my CDL license again.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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