Be Warned About Automatic/Manual CDL

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Brian's Comment
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I just got an email from a trucking school I was interested in, saying that effective 1/1/2014 if you take your test in an automatic truck you will only be able to drive an automatic.

I'm not sure if this was posted before.

So, if you haven't heard I would recommend reviewing your school you're interested in attending. I know the school I'm going to is a 10spd manual course, that's good for me!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow! I hadn't heard that yet. I mean, it makes perfect sense and I doubt very many people actually take their class A with an automatic. It probably plays a much bigger role in class B testing but it's obviously critically important to know.

Thanks for giving us the heads up on that Brian!

Brian's Comment
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"Did you know that the after January 1, 2014 any person that takes their road test in an automatic truck will only be allowed to drive an automatic truck?!  This will greatly reduce a person's opportunites as a professional driver.  Hurry...If you obtain your license by testing in an automatic truck before January 1, 2014, the new rule will not apply to you...you will not be issued a restricted license."

That Was Posted By Heavy Metal Truck Training, Inver Grove Heights, MN

Also Brett, I Was Wondering If There' A Fix For Mobile Users To Type? Mine Keeps CapitalizinG Letters Randomly...

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Also Brett, I Was Wondering If There' A Fix For Mobile Users To Type? Mine Keeps CapitalizinG Letters Randomly...

I don't believe that has anything to do with the website. The box you're typing into is just a plain textarea box so it shouldn't have any affect on what you're typing.

Ya know, that exact same thing happens to my ma. When she texts me there is always a bunch of random periods in there. Her messages look like:

"I'm going to. The store . To get .Some mi.Lk and I'll be bac. K in an hour."

I Googled that and several people are saying that certain phones will automatically insert a period if you hit the space bar twice in a row. It has to be something like that.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Woody's Comment
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I Googled that and several people are saying that certain phones will automatically insert a period if you hit the space bar twice in a row. It has to be something like that.

That is how the iPhone works. Double tap on space bar inserts a period and capitalizes the next letter.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

PJ's Comment
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I reread some stuff from Georgia DDS before I ended miss speaking. They have info out to CDL holders that if you take your test in an automatic they will place a restriction on your license that says No manual transmission.

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.
RedGator's Comment
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Ive heard this as well. Some states have the restriction some dont.

Gerald H. AKA Doc's Comment
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yes it is true. we had a guy come through our school doing a refresher because he learned on an automatic. it would be nice if those schools with automatics would let you know up front.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Richard O.'s Comment
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Today was my first day of school and the instructor touched on that. In GA if you take the test in an automatic your license will have a restriction for automatics only.

Brian's Comment
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Yeah, sounds like they want to crack down on the people with no experience in a manual truck. I think that's the best thing, wouldn't want someone with no experience on a manual.

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