Can I Remove The Manual Transmission Restriction On My CDL

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Rob T.'s Comment
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At my previous company a driver they hired needed the restriction removed. Although he was a licensed driver (with restriction for auto) he spent a couple weeks driving with another driver that didn't have the restriction in the passenger seat. He then went and did atleast the driving portion at the Iowa DMV but I can't recall if he did pretrip and skills as well. It was an issue they dealt with frequently in both IA and Illinois so I'd like to think they had verified it was legal but who knows. I'd recommend calling your state or DOT office and double checking that's the legal way to do it. I'd hate for you to get a serious ticket for doing it how we say we've seen it done for your state to do it differently.

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.

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.

Lee A.'s Comment
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Thanks

DaveDiesel's Comment
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This is merely the process of removing a restriction from your current CDL. I can't see a learner's permit being required for that.

The only time a learners permit would be required is if you are going from a class B to a class A.

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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