By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The state is launching a new driver’s license program that expands eligibility for people who are visually impaired.READ MORE: Fall Foliage Report: Cooler Temperatures Bring In The Best Colors
PennDOT says the law was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in December and took effect last week. It establishes a program for people to use bioptic telescope lenses that can help them meet standards to get a learner’s permit followed by a license.READ MORE: Lane Restriction On Northbound I-279 Lanes After Reported Vehicle Fire, Multi-Vehicle Crash
“This law makes significant changes that will ultimately increase many of our residents’ independence and enhance their quality of life,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said in a news release.
The bioptic telescope lenses are used in at least 46 other states, PennDOT says, and are designed to help certain people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get a license meet visual acuity standards.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidates Ed Gainey, Tony Moreno Take Debate Stage On KDKA
They’re allowed to only drive during the day, aren’t allowed to use freeways and have to drive passenger vehicles that weigh 10,000 pounds or less.