[associates] Fwd: CDL - semi-truck mod?

  • From: John Anschutz <johnanschutz@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: associates@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 01:16:50 -0400

> From: <dkrieger1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: March 24, 2010 11:44:39 PM EDT
> To: johnanschutz@xxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [associates] CDL - semi-truck mod?
> I had several clients who looked into the process of obtaining a CDL or 
> maintaining their CDL with a spinal cord injury.   I had a pickup truck that 
> was modified with a Drive Matic modification.  This modification allowed the 
> client to be able to shift gears in a vehicle with a standard transmission 
> without using their legs or feet.  A sensor was installed on the top of the 
> stick shift that automatically activated the clutch.  The easiest answer is 
> to just have the client drive a vehicle that is equipped with a automatic 
> transmission.   The client would have to pass the CDL medical and apply for a 
> Limb Loss Waiver from the DOT.   The hardest part was modifing the vehicle so 
> that the client could complete the CDL pre trip inspection.   I'm sure that 
> the rules have changed but it would not appear to be that difficult to check 
> out.   The actual modification of the vehicle would be very simple.
> Dave Krieger
> ---- John Anschutz <johnanschutz@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: 
>> This came in from Anne,
>>> My question:
>>> I have a client with quadriplegia at C-5.  He is a farm boy through and 
>>> through.  Currently he drives a pick up to work on farm hauling all kinds 
>>> of stuff.  He wants to get a CDL for a semi to haul grain for the farm.  
>>> Has anyone had a person with quadriplegia get a CDL.  Does anyone know of a 
>>> company that will modify a semi-truck? 
>>> Thanks
>>> Anne Hegberg MS, OTR/L 
>>> Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist 
>>> Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital 
>>> 26w171 Roosevelt Road 
>>> Wheaton, IL   60187
>>> Phone: 630 - 909 - 6080 
>>> Fax: 630 - 909 - 6081 
>>> ahegberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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