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My story and quest to be able to Drive

From: Mark
Date: March 13, 2003
Time: 18:23:46


My story and quest to be able to do what I have always wanted to do.

All I ever wanted to be was a lorry driver (Truck Driver) ever since I was a kid, I use to have my driving licence till a form of Macular degeneration started. Passing my driving test when I was 18 was one of the best days in my life, it gave me so much freedom and independence I could drive anywhere. Ever since my medical condition started the DVLA took my licence away from me, my dream was gone, not being able to drive is an impossible existence at least that’s how I feel. I am suffering from depression due to this, I even, well I cannot see me lasting much longer. What really makes me upset but happy for those that can drive is that people in North America can drive and also so it would seem drive trucks in some states. Half of me is happy for those people and half of me is jealous. I am in England where the DVLA (Driving licensing people) will currently not let me drive (I have asked them). It’s gone to the European Parliament but we will have a long wait on that I fear, but who knows, maybe not. I wish I was in Canada or the US where I would be able to drive, the really funny thing that made me laugh was when I read this last night while reading about trucking on wbbsites.

“With the number of active truck drivers employed in the United States on the decline, the industry is faced with a critical driver shortage. In particular, long-haul trucking companies face higher risks of driver shortages than short-haul trucking companies. Research has found that the trucking industry will need to hire about 85,000 truck drivers each year for the next seven years in order to catch up with the number of drivers it is losing”.

”The U.S. Department of Labor, the Hudson Institute and the American Trucking Association (ATA) predict more than 450,000 additional truck drivers will be needed to move freight in America.”

It’s upsetting to see that a nation has a shortage of truck drivers, but even with my basic research (I am no expert) on the 50 US states a lot of them will not let bioptics be used for CDL (Commercial Drivers License) it would seem, one state I have that seems to is Nebraska Commercial and Restricted Commercial Driver License: (though this is only from there website, I might be wrong) Source for this info http://www.dmv.state.ne.us/dvr/drvrec/drvrlicfee.html

Does anyone know of any programs or possibilities of foreigners being able to drive in (North America, Canada or US) in fact any other nation that allows bioptics, I just want to drive as a lorry driver It’s all I vever wanted to do. It’s like my life has been on hold.

Sorry about my post I just get upset at times about all of this, but if any of you know of anything that might help me (in any way) please do post. I wish everyone the best, I hope every nation allows them soon.

I do have a few questions if any of you know the answers

Is it theoretically possible for foreigners to get a driving license (Canada or US) and a CDL and work in Canada or US as a Truck driver, till bioptics are allowed in the UK?

If anyone knows of any other states that allow bioptics to be used to gain CDL (Commercial Driver license) can they please tell me which states?

I know this is all a long shot me working in North America its just I cannot work in the UK (Yet) as a trucker it’s so upsetting, thank you for hearing me.

All the best everyone Mark

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