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Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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In Canada, can a hot shot truck (a pick-up truck towing a trailer of more than 4,450 kg) be operated with a Class 3 license?

I'm visiting a family member in Manitoba and he's looking for a person to help him drive a hotshot truck that looks like the one I uploaded. If I'm not wrong, as long as the trailer doesn't use Air Brakes, can it be operated with Class 3, or do you need Class 1?

If I'm not wrong, Class 3 is equivalent to CDL Class B in the US (Class 2 is basically CDL B with Passenger endorsement while Class 1 is CDL Class A) so if so, I think I can drive the hotshot truck over there.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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This is probably one of NY's dumbest rules ever, but need help understanding.

So I obtained my NY CDL Class A permit before ELDT (because a friend of mine told me that ELDT would simply make it harder to get a CDL). So for those of you who know what the CDL Class A is, it means you can drive a combination of vehicles with a towed vehicle of more than 10,000 pounds resulting in the gross combination weight rating of the truck and trailer being more than 26,000 pounds in total (it does not necessarily mean to operate tractor-trailers).

So due to limited time (since my Class A was expiring and if it did, I'd have to complete ELDT), I brought a Ford pickup with a heavy trailer (more than 10,000 pounds) so the total GCWR is in excess of 26,000 pounds so I was given an "O1" restriction and what ****es me off is a DMV employee told me the state doesn't want me driving Class B trucks because they think somehow that driving a small Class A truck-trailer combination should not qualify you to operate large trucks and buses that fall under Class B so the O1 restriction reads: "No Tractor/Trailer CMV/Truck Not Over 26,000 GVWR (Commercial Class Only)" so my question is can I drive a Class B truck over 26,000 pounds or not (the restriction kinda implies no but if I'm correct, this is why NY is such a joke).

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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I plan on becoming a School Bus driver for New York State, but have two questions.

I turned 21 years old not too long ago, and my grandfather worked as a School Bus driver he tells me it's a good job for retirees and college students willing to work part-time. I got my CDL Class A when I was 18 but the issue is a federal law (a really absurd one in my opinion) did not allow me (since I was under 21) to drive in interstate commerce so I felt so relieved to get that evil K restriction removed from my CDL shortly after my 21st birthday.

1. Why exactly do you need to redo the skills test for Passenger and School Bus endorsements? I understand there are passenger items to look for, but when you think about it, they'll literally teach you all that on-the-job. It seems absurd to me that a CDL Class A or Class B driver cannot drive a Class C Bus (more than 15 passengers) because literally we drive heavy trucks so there's no reason to assume we can't handle buses.

2. For school bus drivers only, do you love what you do? Who would you recommend this job to, and who you believe should stay away.

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