Hello to all. I really need some help here because after 15 years with zero accidents in the wheelhouse the USCG is trying to revoke my license.
Over the years I have always had some trouble with the colorblind plate tests but I always made it through with only a couple being wrong.
I went to a local doctor for my physical to get my fourth issue 200 ton master and master of towing in April of 2011. Instead of using the book test they had the one on the machine that you look through. I could not pass it.
The following week I went to the doctors office that my company uses and passed the plate test with just one plate wrong. I sent in all my paperwork and waited.
A couple weeks went by and then I received a phone call from the USCG suspension and revocation dept. They informed me that the first doctor I went to sent them an email to let them know I had failed the color vision part of my physical.
I was then told I would have to go to the USCG building in New Orleans to test for them. I went to the USCG building and took the Isahara plate test, the same one I have been passing for years, and then they gave me a second book to test with called Dvorine plates. The Dvorine book looked to be 20 years old and was faded and worn. I know I missed a few of those but why even make me take a second one when I had already passed the first.
So that was in August and Friday of last week I received a certified letter from USCG telling me they are going to revoke my license. In the letter it says that I failed the
Isahara test that I took at the USCG building which I know is not true. How did I manage to pass this test so many times in the past 15 years but all of a sudden I can’t see them anymore? BS!!! The letter states that I can just admit guilt and send them my credentials or I can go to court to try and fight it. Of course I am going to fight it because this is all I have ever known. If I lose my license it would be only a couple of months before my family and I would be living on the streets. Apparently they don’t give a rats ass about good American citizens trying to make an honest living.
I am in desperate need of council to fight this. I simply could not start over again at the age of 37. I have only a high school diploma and working on boats is all I have ever done. Like I said, I have no accidents on my record and I have no trouble seeing colored lights at night in the real world but they want to strip me of my livelihood as well as my dignity because of some little colored dots. Thanks for taking the time to read this…