Be Warned About Automatic/Manual CDL

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Rick S.'s Comment
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Actually - the "Automatic Transmission Restriction" is part of FMCSA/CDL Regs.

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/content/38395

Specifically - 383.95 ppg c

"(c) Manual transmission. (1) If an applicant performs the skills test in a vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission, the State must indicate on the CDL , if issued, that the person is restricted from operating a CMV equipped with a manual transmission."

So if you ROAD TEST in an automatic - your CDL will be RESTRICTED TO Automatic Transmission Equipped vehicles ONLY.

Rick

Sorry -hadn't seen the earlier replies.

LOL

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Misha K.'s Comment
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My friend just took cdl test on automatic truck and they issue him license for only for six month ,does any one know why is that ?

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Are you sure it's not his medical card they issued for 6 months? A medical card they'll issue anywhere from three months to two years depending on your physical condition. A permit is also good for anywhere from about three to six months, depending on the state. But I've never heard of a short term license.

Paul F.'s Comment
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Many years ago( 1966) when I was getting my first license, if you took the test in an automatic then you couldn't drive a stick legally. That for a car license. Luckily I learned to drive in my folks Austin Healey 3000 so I was good for the manual. Paul

Stevo VWbusman's Comment
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Lol I took my driving test in girlfriends 1966 vw beetle , the blinkers didn't work, so i made em blink by hand lol barely passed, because guy didn't like how I shifted up and down, or clutchless....Knew he was gunna be a PITA because he put sheets of paper on passenger seat, because cover was torn and a few springs were showing hahahaha wuss!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Daniel (Turtle)'s Comment
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I am replying to this feed only in the hopes to see it back near top of Discussion... And wanted to add my 2 cents worth now that I have been doing some recruiting on side for my current company..

I really wish and hope that new drivers make sure they test out in a manual transmission.. I personally have worked on about 10 applications that was great applications driving for a few years, nothing on record, decent PSP etc etc.. And I could not hire a single one, cause the company I work for only have 8 and 10 speed trucks for most part.. The Company bought about 5 Automatic few years ago, to see how they do.. Fuel, was not bad, but the extra weight hurt us.. The Boss decided he would not buy more, and only hire employee's that did not have the Automatic Restrictions on your license. So I have told 10 really decent truckers, over the past month "Sorry I can not hire you".. Not cause of anything they have done but cause of restrictions..

Drivers who are going through schools and testing in these are really limiting themselves to who can hire them in the future.. And I think they need to be aware of this.. Sure you can go to many big companies that have them.. But later in life, if you are looking for that smaller company you are limited..

So glad this is my last week in office doing recruiting, and being back to driving next week..

Grumpy Old Man'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...

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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.

Yep, it is the phone. It will also capitalize after two spaces. The random thing might be a bad keyboard, unless you are double spacing, then backing up

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Daniel please realize something; the auto-shift transmissions now vs. just 5 years ago are remarkably different, lighter and more reliable. In five years from now you’ll be hard pressed to find any reasonably sized company with manuals. Demand will dictate manufacturing schedules and orders, thus relegating the fully manual transmission to eventual obsolescence.

Eventually “what”, is going to happen? The inverse of your concern; companies will need to purchase auto-shift trucks in order to find any qualified drivers. Maybe not before I retire, but l’ll bet during your career this will occur.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Fuel, was not bad, but the extra weight hurt us

How much more did they weigh? It's mostly just a computerized shifting mechanism. I can't imagine it being more than a few hundred pounds.

G-Town's Comment
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PACCAR came out with a new autoshift last year weighing in at 657 pounds. That’s very light.

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