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Former full-time and current part-time motor coach driver in the northeast. Full-time job is now CDL examiner.

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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Rule Exemptions

The CDL test is taken with the 3 parts in order (pretrip, skills, and road). You must pass one before moving to the next. If at some point along the line should you fail one, you may come back and restart with the failed portion and not have to retake what you have passed (when you fail 3 times and then you start all over). What Florida wants to do is when you show up for your test and fail pretrip, they want to continue on with the next part of the test right then and there and worry about the pretrip portion later(next visit).

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Class B - want to change to Class A

B to A would be a full test (knowledge, pretrip, skills, and road). Written or knowledge test would only be the combination test. And don't forget about the ELDT schooling for the upgrade.

Posted:  5 months ago

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New Oct 2023 CDL Pre-Trip Checklist can you write notes on it?

No writing or markings of any kind other than checking off what you have covered.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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ELDT question

If you attended training for a class A, the only endorsements you would need additional training for would be hazmat, passenger, or school bus. Tank and double/triples are only a knowledge test to add, and manual and air brake restrictions only involve a permits and appropriate portions of the skills test. You would not have to start from scratch.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Class A downgrade

There is no need to downgrade your license. Simply submit a new self-certification form to a catagory (EI or EA) that doesn't require a med card. This will in effect put your CDL on hold until you get your issues cleared up and decide to drive again. Then it would just be a matter of changing your self certification again along a new physical and you are back in business.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Advice for my CDL test

"If you have to do a pull-up use all the room you can to try and get yourself straight with the box as you are pulling up."

This is an important as well. During testing, I have seen many drivers waste a pull-up and only move 6 or 8 feet while doing little or nothing to better their angle of approach. Use your max room to try and make it more like a straight back rather than an offset.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Dmv question

Switched jobs due to covid. Only driving part-time as motor coach travel has been slow to rebound. So now I'm working for PennDOT as a CDL examiner. During the alley dock, the rear-most portion of your vehicle must end up within the boundaries of the 3-foot box at the rear of the "alley". Does not matter where your tires are as long as they are within the side boundaries. You have 2 free pull-ups before accumulating points, as well as 2 free "looks". More than 2 looks is an auto-fail. BTW, I do stress that the 2 look limit is for testing purposes on the test pad only, and if you need to GOAL 20 times on the job after the test, by all means do so.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Can I remove the manual transmission restriction on my CDL

Would also need a CLP in order to practice and test

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Penske hiker job

I interviewed for one of these positions, was offered, but turned it down due to too far of a commute for 0-25 hours a week (45 min. one way). Greg M is correct about the company vehicle. Another possibility would be returning with a truck they needed at your facility, or maybe one that needs service of some sort.

Posted:  3 years, 12 months ago

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Need help with main battery kill switch

Just don't forget your fridge/cooler will be off

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