Studying For CDL-A, Transporting Passengers????

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nomad girl's Comment
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Hey all. I'm a little confused while studying for my CDL A. Will I be required to know all these other stuff that's related to transporting passengers even though I'm not pursuing it?

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.
Chris L.'s Comment
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Nomad girl, simply put NO! If you arent planning on getting a bus job you dont have to study that. You only have to do the three main ones, make sure ya'll check me on this, in SC I studyed Cobinations, Air brakes and the main one. dont recall what it is called. The HAZMAT , doubles- triples, and tanker are seperate tests, which you can take at the same time but it is alot of info. Wieghts and balance isnt on the test but Brett put it there and suggestes that you should read it, good to know stuff. Most of the other stuff is informational, not that you shouldnt read thru it but it wont be on the test. Just so you know I only went thru what Brett has set up and I have my CDA A w/ HAZMAT and am going back for tanker and doubles-triples. When they tell you to remember something, please, remember it.

Also before I was aload to test I had to have my medical card, again I am in SC, dont know how that works in TN. I went to the walk in clinic, 109 bucks. Good luck!

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

nomad girl's Comment
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Ok. Cool. I've read the TN CDL manual/book and been reading + doing the practice tests on this site. From my understanding, we have to pass a DOT physical.

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.

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.

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