General Permit

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Josh L.'s Comment
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i have been taking the High Road Training Program on Trucking Truth but was looking at the manual and wanted to know something. is the general permit a hard test, how many questions, and why does it say in the manual that if you are testing for different classes that you should study specific sections? i am totally new to this.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
The Captain's Comment
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The general permit is not hard. You just need to take these practice questions. They are the same questions that you will find on the actually permit test. There are different endorsements that you can get as well. Those would be the different sections of the book. Doubles and triples, Hazmat , Tanker and such. It is good to get all of these eventually, but make sure you focus on the basics first. General knowledge, Combination Vehicles, and Air brakes. Good luck to you

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Retha M.'s Comment
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I just got my permit last week and am starting school Monday. The general knowledge was 50 questions. It wasn't hard for me. I used the training material here and my states manual. And yes you study the sections it says. Once I could answer all the practice questions correctly on here and in the book I tested. You also have to do air brake and combination test for your class A. I never read the book on those and only used this sight. 20 questions each. Not hard. During testing if you get stuck on a question you can skip it and may answer enough correct you never make it back to that one. Hope this helped and good luck.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Matt H.'s Comment
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I just went and got my CLP last week. The General Knowledge was not hard, with at least 10 questions being common sense. There were questions in the test about air brakes and combination vehicles, but that was no problem as I had studied those sections so I could take those specific tests also (part of a basic Class A). The only difficulties I encountered were a few with terrible wording, and the fact that the testing area was open to the general lobby so noise was a big distraction.

When I go back to upgrade from CLP to CDL , I plan to do the written tests for Hazmat , Tankers, and Doubles/Triples. I will be bringing something to shove in my ears (cotton balls, ear plugs, ....?) for those tests because, while having 30 ppl talking loudly right behind you in a space that bounces sound all over might be a good simulation for those taking Passenger and School Bus endorsement written tests, I don't need that "level of realism" for what I am testing on.

Studying just the High Road program here should have you feeling very comfortable once you start seeing questions pop up. A few might throw you because of wording or being state specific, but you should be able to figure them out. Even if you don't you will quickly see that you know more than enough to get 40 out of 50 questions right to pass. One other thing I think is worth noting from my experience, is that Michigan's tests only have 3 answers to choose from instead of 4 like you see in High Road.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Ukieboy's Comment
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I just went and got my CLP last week.

Hey Matt! I'm in Michigan as well, Garden City. I went to the SOS today to get my driving record and I picked up a copy of the Michigan CDL manual. Did you need your birth cert and SS card for the CLP or is that only for the actual CDL?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Matt H.'s Comment
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I brought both with me, but they only looked at my birth certificate and driver's license. Not sure if that was standard statewide or just up to whoever is working.

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