Above The Knee Amputee Wants To Drive Again

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Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I saw a guy delivering the other day and I don't mean to say this in a disrespectful way in the least. But he obviously had physical limitations walking to the shipping office. And he was not an amputee. I'm not sure what his limitation was but he was very limited in his physical movements. I thought God bless him that he was able to do this job.

Dolan S.'s Comment
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Forrest, I am a left leg below knee amputee. I am trying to get a CDL Ive never had one so I was wondering how you mad out? If you are driving now could you give me some advice on how to go about it? Hope your doing well brother! Dolan

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.

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.
Dolan S.'s Comment
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Hey Pegleg, I am LBK amputee I am trying to get a CDL so if you have achieved getting one any advise would be eppreciated! Thanks Dolan

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

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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.

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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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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CFI like many companies today have automatic fleets. You would most likely need a waiver of some sort for your medical. As long as you could get in and out of the truck and trailer, you should be able to get hired. Best of luck to you.

Dolan S.'s Comment
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CFI like many companies today have automatic fleets. You would most likely need a waiver of some sort for your medical. As long as you could get in and out of the truck and trailer, you should be able to get hired. Best of luck to you.

Thanks Big Scott

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