Air Brakes Endorsment For CDL Classes?

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scandya's Comment
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This may be a real dumb question, but I cant find the answer anywhere. I'm in Massachusetts. The school im starting at next week trains you on a truck with air brakes. Tomorrow I'm going to the RMV to get my permit, and my endorsments. The air brakes are listed as an endorsment on the RMV website. Question is, will I need to get that endorsment in order to start at the school? I had always thought I just needed my permit, then the school teaches you airbrakes, then when you get your CDL they give you a written test on the air brakes. Again, apologies if this is a dumb question. I just would like to know the answer before I show up and cant get into classes because of it. I also called the school and they said I need "my endorsements", although the woman who answered the phone seemed kinda confused about my question. Thanks!

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Follow this link: High Road CDL Training Program. The parts you need for the CDL written test are noted with "permit"

Here's a hint to help get past the exam: if your computerized test has a "Skip" button, use it for any question you have a doubt about the answer.

Don't worry, you'll still get the total number of questions you need, without penalty. And if you skip too many, the skipped ones will come back. But by then you have gotten the "easy" ones out of the way.

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.
scandya's Comment
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Thanks Errol! Ive realized that since I want to drive an 18 wheeler I need a combination as well as an air brake endorsement. I can basically recite the mass CDL manual, but somehow this slipped past me. The CDL classes start Monday, so ive got 2 more days to take the tests, should I fail tomorrow. Thanks for your help.

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.
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