To the Deaf Community and Deaf Truckers:

Rights of Deaf Truckers (RDT) and Colleagues Admins have not given up on any of the deaf people who want to become truck drivers.  We are aware that Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) do have some future plans to remove the 40 DB hearing loss and few other regulations of the FMCSA.  No one at this time knows where FMCSA are in the process removing these policies.  In the meaning time, things are changing but not as fast as we were hoping for.

Three people waitingCurrently, RDT has been receiving emails and conversations from deaf people who are waiting for their waiver.  We apology for the delay in the process, but that is beyond our control.  If RDT Admins look back in history of RDT, the first announcement from National Association of the Deaf (NAD) took almost a year before the 40 trucker’s waiver was announced.  RDT had to wait another 9 months before the approval was announced.  As a result, RDT learned that in the federal level of the government moves slower than what the local truckers would prefer.  

Our last email from FMCSA was on January 30, 2013 and they said, “We will soon have the Waiting for FMCSAapplication information for a Hearing exemption posted on our FMCSA website for download. If you know of others prior to that time who wish to apply for an exemption, you can have them email and ask for a Hearing exemption application.”

In meaning time, RDT is not sure if the downloadable applications are now online for deaf people who want to continue or get their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) this time.  Our admins are aware that some people have been receiving an application, but there are currently many ways people are receiving their applications.  At this time, the best way to receive your application is to emai the FMCSA Medical Team. If you have received one, that’s great.  If you have not, please email FMCSA Medical office at  

In the meaning time, while you are waiting.  It might be a good idea to get in touch with NAD CDL lawyer named Thomas Knope at  For the reason, he can assist you in the process.  Due to his close ties with the FMCSA, he might know how to answer some questions quicker than RDT at this time.   In addition, RDT is currently looking for ways to build their relationship with FMCSA and NAD to get answers for our Deaf Truckers United members and members of the deaf community as fast as we can. However, we are in the early stage of this process and hope that will happen someday soon.  

images (5)If you would like RDT to be aware of your conversations, please email us and a copy of your letters, emails and conversations.  You may also email to us with a cc in email.  Our email is  

Since the FMCSA process is so slow, RDT Admins hate to say this but all of us need to be very patience as the process is usually slower than most of us would like to see.  That is all we can say about your waiver at this time.  RDT Admins hope that the process will become faster in the future.  And, we will make sure that FMCSA knows that our deaf people who want to receive the hearing waivers as fast as any truck driver out there where the process will be faster and equal than it was today and in the past.  

Thank you for your support and looking forward to the hearing and speaking requirements to be removed. 

Thank you,

Admin Team


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