FMCSA Vision Changes

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Jack's Comment
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the FMCSA changed the vision requirements to where someone with bad vision can now get a CDL.

But at the end of the form it says, "this new policy expires 12/2024."

What are the chances FMCSA back tracks and goes back to the original vision requirements when this new policy expires?

Or do you think they will extend it? I don't know how they handle issues like this...

I went and got my CDL permit last week. I passed the general, combination, and air brake tests.

I start trucking school in 3 weeks. My fear is I'm going through all of this and in 2024 FMCSA changes the vision requirements again and I won't be eligible for a waiver. Therefore, my CDL will be worthless and the $4,500 I'm spending will be a bust.

Do you guys see something like that happening? Where the FMCSA does something and then several years later goes back to the original requirements/plans?

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.

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

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.
BK's Comment
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Jack, do you have vision problems? It is critically important for drivers to have good vision. 1) Many drivers have good vision. 2) Many drivers have good vision with the use of corrective lenses. 3) Those without good vision should not drive but instead find another line of work.

The government is fickle. The standards may change, but an optometrist should be consulted if you have vision issues. It is more important than arbitrary government regulations. I’m very fortunate to have good vision without needing glasses for driving at age 69. (My mother is 98 and still doesn’t use glasses, she drinks straight from the bottle. Lol.)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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the FMCSA changed the vision requirements to where someone with bad vision can now get a CDL.

But at the end of the form it says, "this new policy expires 12/2024."

What are the chances FMCSA back tracks and goes back to the original vision requirements when this new policy expires?

Or do you think they will extend it? I don't know how they handle issues like this...

I went and got my CDL permit last week. I passed the general, combination, and air brake tests.

I start trucking school in 3 weeks. My fear is I'm going through all of this and in 2024 FMCSA changes the vision requirements again and I won't be eligible for a waiver. Therefore, my CDL will be worthless and the $4,500 I'm spending will be a bust.

Do you guys see something like that happening? Where the FMCSA does something and then several years later goes back to the original requirements/plans?

Howdy again, Jack!!

I've searched for the 'clause' you mention, but haven't been able to find it, per se.

Would it be at the bottom of this? General Vision Exemption Package; 03/2022

Odd, because this is new, as of 03/2022 ... but then again, possible!

Old School, if you are out & about (and reading this...!) perhaps you could add some more information?

Jack, you sure could peruse Old School's threads from awhile back; he's had a few optical surgeries, and jumped through a few reg's and hoops.

If possible, please post the link where you are reading from. The good ole' FMCSA criss crosses themselves, at times.

Hang in, good sir!

~ Anne ~

ps: Once again, why we primarily recommend Company Sponsored Training Programs! You'd not be OUT the 4.5K .. .you'd be advised before spending a dime!! Paid CDL Training Programs.

Brett's blog: Private vs. Company Schooling

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.

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

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