Getting The Automatic Transmission Restriction Removed

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Yes im company.

i was going to suggest that. you still would only have to take the driving portion because the pretrip and backing scores remain and get transferred from state to state.

what i would require in writing...if you fail the manual drive test, would they reinstate the auto restriction or would you need to test again??? i would hate to lose the CDL just to try to upgrade it.

NJ sucks and the dumb DMV woman didnt even know hoe to transfer my CDL from MO. she tried to tell me i had not had a NJ DL in 10 years. smdh. thank god she doesnt drive.

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.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Dead Money's Comment
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NJ sucks and the dumb DMV woman didnt even know hoe to transfer my CDL from MO.

hoe?

She really must have really made you mad if years later you still resort to name calling. Whatever happened to female solidarity? 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.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Splitter's Comment
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NJ sucks and the dumb DMV woman didnt even know hoe to transfer my CDL from MO.

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hoe?

She really must have really made you mad if years later you still resort to name calling. Whatever happened to female solidarity? LOL

That’s a typo, it’s supposed to say “how”. But for some reason, I think you already knew 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.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

JJ K.'s Comment
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You know, D.M., many people in life try to avoid "restrictions". True, this is a "free country" and maybe the idea of restrictions is frowned upon. Also, I understand your desire to be legally able to drive any semi-truck tractor on the road.

However, in the last several years most of the major trucking companies have been switching over to auto-shift shift tranmissions. (These are not true automatics like in your car, more of a computer controlled shifter trans.) They have their reasons (economy and rate of maintenance + repair) and they did not ask drivers about this.

I drive for Swift. I learned how to drive a manual shift big rig. I understand Swift still likes to train using manual shift tractors, maybe like I said to reduce restrictions for drivers, and to make sure they can drive the older stick units. But large company trucking companies are driving into the future with auto shift power. You can still look for manual-training companies, just ask your recruiters. But there is coming a time when you'll only see manual shifts driven by old timers and in the antique section of truck shows

Just since im a newbie.... if i go to a company training school which uses the “automated manual”, (petrbuilt 579 for example), instead of true manual, will i end up with the ‘auto only’ restriction on my license? I get ya though, since the big companies which keep a 24 month style fleet refresh will most likely all have this more current/modern trans in their current fleets, but just wondering is all, for edification.... still learning all about things, and what are ‘deal breakers’ and what are ‘who really cares since it’s 2019’ ... type thing.. your last sentence seems to answer that particular question, but i’d still like to know if i get a restriction or not.

Errol V.'s Comment
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J J K. the noob is wondering - for edification:

Just since im a newbie.... if i go to a company training school which uses the “automated manual”, (petrbuilt 579 for example), instead of true manual, will i end up with the ‘auto only’ restriction on my license?

Short answer: Yes.

Longer answer: Sonny, I grew up with phones connected by wires to the desk - you could not carry it with you. Television is what you had to schedule your life around if you really wanted to watch Bonanza. If you wanted to fly from New York to Cincinnati you had to go to a travel agent and get a paper ticket (written in quadruplicate - you got two of them). Do you think for a second that I want to go back to the "good ol' days"?

Anyone with a fleet of tractors is buying automatics for a reason: miles per gallon. Don't worry about the automatic only restriction. You will do fine with the auto-shifts, whether Peterbilt or ProStar. If this becomes a deal breaker, you will be waiting a long time for a company stuck on the stick shift.

40 Days's Comment
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I had to redo driving portion In my home state to get It removed. Tested in automatic then went to home state next day and passed in a manual. Helpful if you have experience with amanual. I had never driven an automatic before trucking training held a class B for 10 years.

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