Goal 3: Improve access for individuals with disabilities to passenger & commercial vehicles

Goal 3: Improve access for individuals with disabilities to passenger & commercial vehicles

Please share your ideas for improving access for individuals with disabilities seeking licensure for, operating, and/or riding in passenger and commercial vehicles.

DOT has identified necessary steps toward accomplishing this goal which include:

• Passenger Vehicles: Eligible individuals who apply for a driver's license should not be denied a license or the services of a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) based on their protected status.

• Commercial Motor Vehicles: People with hearing disabilities should be able to operate commercial motor vehicles using reasonable accommodations provided to State drivers licensing agencies.

• Automated Vehicles: Assess findings from ongoing DOT research on automated wheelchair securement and human-machine interfaces to inform the development of goals and considerations related to the accessibility of automated vehicles. Create a library of standards to provide a common source of best practices on accessibility of automated vehicles.

• Websites: Ensure that DOT websites, systems, and applications used for licensure or other regulatory functions are accessible, consistent with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

DOT believes that people with disabilities who can safely operate passenger and commercial vehicles should be able to obtain the requisite licensures. Further, DOT will advance the development and deployment of accessible automated vehicles, which may offer mobility in the future for people who cannot or choose not to drive or for whom public transit is not available.