Colorblind question

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  1. carlee

    carlee Bobtail Member

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    If colorblind and buy the prescription glasses that make me see them can I get my CDL?
     
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  3. TankerYankr

    TankerYankr Medium Load Member

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    For the CDL med test you only have to be able to tell the red or green of a traffic light.

    I am color blind also but I could see the red green difference well enough to pass.
     
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  4. Concorde

    Concorde Heavy Load Member

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    Your best bet is to ask a Dr that does the DOT physicals..

    I spent some time researching your question but couldn’t really find a definitive answer.
     
  5. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    Psst the top light is always Red. I'm also shaded color blind like tanker. They never chkd me for it.
     
  6. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

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    Yes, it is legal to drive while colorblind in every state. ... They would not pass the driving test otherwise. Massachusetts is the only state in the US that specifically mentions color vision in its licensing requirements: “Drivers must be able to distinguish between the colors red, green, and amber.”

    I could not find color blindness prohibiting CML in the FMCSA searches. The studies done seem to lean toward color blindness not having any significant outcome in accident studies.

    If I'm incorrect, please show where its prohibited, but I could find it.
     
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    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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  8. TankerYankr

    TankerYankr Medium Load Member

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    §391.41 Physical qualifications for drivers.
    (3) A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if:
    (10) Has distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in each eye without corrective lenses or visual acuity separately corrected to 20/40 (Snellen) or better with corrective lenses, distant binocular acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in both eyes with or without corrective lenses, field of vision of at least 70° in the horizontal Meridian in each eye, and the ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing standard red, green, and amber;
     
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  9. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

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    Thank you for that, I have never been tested for color in a DOT examine, Good info.
     
  10. homeskillet

    homeskillet Road Train Member

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    If you can correctly identify the red bar and the green bar on the eye chart, you should be fine.
     
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  11. 12 ga

    12 ga Road Train Member

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    I am color deficient, different from color blind. Been driving truck for 53 years and never failed a physical. Like others have said, red green and yellow your good to go.
     
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