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Deaf Queens Man Fights Back Against Truck Driving School

July 26, 2015 in Disability Law, Employment

 

 

Eyewitness News
Friday, July 24, 2015
By Rob Powers

He looks like anybody, starting a vehicle, going to work, getting on with life.

Only, this life, this story, is a little different.

Kenneth Frilando is deaf and his story is worth hearing. He claims the “Smith & Solomon School of Tractor Trailer Driving” in Linden, New Jersey won’t take him on as a student. He says he also has a New York commercial driver’s license, and a safety waiver, and now he’s filed suit.

“I need to break that door down because that’s not fair. Safety is the number one thing that I’m concerned with, but they’re just assuming that safety is out the window because the person can’t hear, that’s not the case,” Frilando said.

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Information: New Exemptions for Hearing Impaired Truck Drivers

April 8, 2013 in Employment, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Transportation

Information About New Exemptions for Hearing Impaired Truck Drivers

In a guest column for the Memphis Daily News, Jim Mulroy, managing partner of Jackson Lewis’ Memphis Office, weighs in on the exemptions now being made available to hearing impaired truck drivers and what led the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to grant a request for 40 of these exemptions.

He writes: “Although the agency limited the exemption to include only the 40 applicants, it announced an intention to begin the rule-making process to address the issue. The EEOC, the Deaf Truck Drivers United and the National Association for the Deaf supported the decision.”

Read the full article at http://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2013/apr/8/new-hearing-impaired-driver-exemptions/


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FMCSA Grants Exemptions to Hearing Impaired Drivers

February 5, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events, Employment, Transportation

From Truckinginfo.com, 2/4/2013

720px-US-FMCSA-Logo.svgThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted the first exemption to rules for interstate commercial drivers when it comes to hearing standards.

Forty individuals received permission to operate commercial vehicles in interstate commerce effective last Friday. It’s good for two years and may be renewed.

The request was made of the agency last May, with comments taken until the end of July. FMCSA received 570 responses.

Several of the applicants had previous experience driving interstate and became unable to pass the required hearing test, while others had been involved in intrastate commerce, were bus drivers, had driven smaller commercial vehicles or were looking to become first-time truckers.

In announcing its decisions, the FMCSA said “granting exemptions for these CMV (commercial motor vehicle) drivers will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions.

Current FMCSA standards for hearing were adopted more than 40 years ago.

The applicants received assistance from the National Association of the Deaf. The association cited and FMCSA Medical Review Board study from 2008 that examined the relationship between hearing loss and crash risk exclusively among CMV drivers, as well as evidence from studies of the private bus driver license holder population, saying these studies do not support the contention that individuals with hearing impairment are at an increased risk for crash.

For the rest of the story:

http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2013/02/fmcsa-grants-exemptions-to-hearing-impaired-drivers.aspx?prestitial=1


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