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ANDRENNA J.'s Comment
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So I met a lady that just got into the trucking business, but she is telling me that she does not have a restriction on her CDLs. Although, she did confirm that she did take her test in an automatic. She said because she is from Flordia and took her test in Tennessee that Flordia does not recongize the restriction. Though she did say that if she would have been from any other state she would have recieved the restriction or if she would have taken the test in Flordia then she would have the restriction on her. Also, the company that she is working for now is making her take an automatic because "she told them that she tested in an automatic but not because of the restriction she doesn't have"?!? So my question is: Does anybody know if this is true or not?


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.
Greg M.'s Comment
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In her case you have 2 state bureaucracies involved so it is very possible the lack of a restriction made it through the process. She basically got lucky.

I would not try and use this as a work around to avoid the restriction because it likely won't work a second time.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Not to worry. Nearly all new tractors are coming out automatic shift. Most big fleets are moving the manual shifts out and "everybody" will be in the automatics in only another year or two.

You can whine about "driver control" all you want, but the economies of the auto-shift speak loud enough for fleet owners to switch.

Tractor Man's Comment
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There are known issues with the automatic restriction in Florida. A couple of Google searches should give you all of the information you desire. Good luck!

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