Restriced To Automatic On My CDL

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Justin S.'s Comment
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This is all my fault for not doing the research.

I recently went to a mega carrier to get my CDL. I did obtain a CDL but I'm restricted to autoshift. Does anyone know of a short p program I can take to get this restriction removed? Preferably in south Alabama since that's where I live.

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.
Seabee-J's Comment
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You could go to a local school take a few lessons in a standard and then have to schedule a road test in that vehicle . I'm in NY and if you want to remove the restriction you only need to take the driving portion of the test in using a manual to get it removed . Most mega carriers are mostly auto now anyway and there are a ton a available opportunities out there even with the restriction , see the thread here titled fleets with automatic trans . I believe many of the vet drivers here are driving autos . Which company did you go to ?

Old School's Comment
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Welcome aboard Justin!

That's not a huge problem. Just get started working with that company that helped you get your CDL and establish yourself as a great employee. Anytime you want to eliminate that restriction you just have to take the driving portion of the test again with a manual transmission. You might even be able to do it with that company if you prove yourself valuable to them. I can assure you they've got a few owner/operators who might be willing to help out with it.

Right now your main focus needs to be learning everything else, and you need to commit to a full year with them so you can develop yourself as a professional driver. After that, if you're still concerned about this you can start inquiring about getting that removed.

Check out this article...

Do Real Truck Drivers Drive Automatic Transmissions?

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.
Justin S.'s Comment
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I went with CRST

Seabee-J's Comment
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Ive read that their fleet is almost exclusively auto so that restriction won't hurt you too much . Like old school said just concentrate on the other aspects of the job first and after a year you can start looking to knock that restriction off. That article was a great read and made some quality points . I have the same restriction on my B CDL , I took the road test in 2005 international 60 pas Bluebird Bus but again not a major issue as far as employment .

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.
millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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I went with CRST

Ahh cool. Did you go through NADTA? When will you be in Cedar Rapids next?

Justin S.'s Comment
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Yes I went to NADTA. I have no idea when I'll be back thru cedar rapids

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