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Date: September 25, 2003
Chris, you are correct.
In a letter to John C Whitener OD of the American Optometric Association, Rosalind A Knapp, A US deputy general counsel for the Department of Transportation states that:
"We have reviewed the medical, legal, and safety issues and agree that the use of BiOptic lenses on a person's eyeglasses should NOT automatically disqualify him/her from being licensed to drive. Specifically, DOT believes that all driver licenses applicants, whether or not they wear BiOptic lenses, should be provided the opportunity to take tests of vision, knowledge, and driving skills. Failure to pass such tests should prohibit the issuance of a license. However, if the testing officials conclude that the applicant has passed these tests, the state MUST issue a license, subject to whatever reasonable restrictions on the privilege to drive that it deems necessary."
"DOT believes that this opportunity for individual knowledge, vision and skills tests complies with the requirements of section 504 of the ADA."
I have heard of two complaints against Florida filed with the Highway safety administration - a Federal Agency. One about BiOptic, and one about hemianopia.
Both won that cycle and the state is appealing it.
Making a complaint as you suggest may well be very helfpul. Go here to find local contacts in your state: http://www.biopticdriving.org/countries/USAcontacts.htm
Date: November 09, 2003
i AM 18 YEARS OLD AND I AM LEGALLY BLIND AND ALSO HAVE ROP. I WANT TO GET MY DRIVERS LICENSE AND I NEED HELP ON WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO. THANKS1