Monday, May 5, 2008

For Drivers who Happen to be DISABLED

Security informed them that the space is allotted for drivers who happen to be disabled.


This statement seemed a bit funny to listen to, and so out of curiosity, I decided to look for something in the web to let me understand what this somehow wanted to convey. I wondered if there was any applicable law that prohibits, or allows, a "disabled" person to drive and apparently, park his own vehicle (I'm not referring to the wheel chair you crazy person...)

According to REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7277 - AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE REHABILITATION, SELF-DEVELOPMENT AND SELF-RELIANCE OF DISABLED PERSONS AND THEIR INTEGRATION INTO THE MAINSTREAM OF SOCIETY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES:
(continue reading below...)

Disabled persons shall be allowed to drive motor vehicles, subject to the rules and regulations issued by the Land Transportation Office pertinent to the nature of their disability and the appropriate adaptations or modifications made on vehicles.

Any disabled person who desires to apply for a driver's license shall file with any Land Transportation Office (LTO) licensing center or district office an application form prescribed by the LTO containing certain information and compliance with the requirements hereinafter set forth.

Who May apply for License

1. Partially blind person with poor visual acuity due to partial loss of vision/sight.
2. Orthopedically Impaired person with amputated left or right leg; amputated left or right arm; post-polio victims; paralyzed legs; weak legs but not paralyzed.
3. Speech and Hearing Impaired person unable to speak but can hear; can partially hear.

All applications approved and granted by LTO shall be valid for three (3) years starting 1993 using prescribed credit cardtype driver's license for disabled persons. Those previously issued licenses may apply for its conversion.


** now I'm a bit "enlightened" with how they defined "drivers who happened to be disabled"...Nyahahaha...



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