Texas Permit ; Section 14 Special Requirements

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Matt 's Comment
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First (and foremost), hello to all who took the time to read and/or respond. I have found this site an invaluable asset in my journey into this industry. Namely, the High Road Training Program, so thank you for that! To the topic at hand, (let this serve as an entry of my own personal experience) in Texas, the requirements to attain a Class A learner's permit is to successfully pass two test, the Combination section and the Special requirements section 14 of the Texas CDL study book. This section (14) on Special Requirements is also known as "Commercial Rules" or "CVO" to the DMV. it is not covered in the High Road Training Program and I really just wanted to inform anyone in Texas that they need to study the book for this section. My experience goes along these lines... study study study using the High road Training Program, get to the DMV (first in line after an hour wait from 7am) ace the combination section, and get half way through special requirements before being booted out and asked to come back no earlier than tomorrow to retest. I was upset (to put politely) and felt defeated. My class starts this Monday at ATDS in Elm Mott, Texas which I'm paying for out of pocket. I have my DOT physical card and had 1 day to complete this test if I wanted to have my permit going into school so I don't have to take extra time in school to do that. I studied all night, fell asleep around 4:30 am, woke up at 6:45 am and headed out the door to be the first one in line again. I passed the Special Requirements section and the DMV issued my Class A learner's Permit. Today is Sunday, I start school tomorrow and I am anxious, nervous and excited.

Again, just a head's up to the driver's in Texas that are curious about attaining a Class A permit. I also learned that you will not be allowed to take additional endorsements before attaining your License. I was actually told that, I can pay for and take whatever I want, but after I receive my CDL, I'll have to retest (and re-pay) for the endorsements I want on my license because they were not taken after successfully completing a pretrip and driving examination. So yeah, just a head's up!

btw this Special Requirements section 14, is unique to Texas from what I have been able to gather, so to anyone using the High Road program in Texas, use it as a supplement to the Texas CDL Study Guide, particularly... section 14!

Love the site, and the High Road Program, it has made learning the material a breeze!

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.

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.

Pepper's Comment
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I, too love the information here, but yes, section 14 can be a bit of a shock if you have not been reading the Texas CDL handbook. Good luck on school, I am about to start week 2 tomorrow down here in Laredo, Texas!

Pepper

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.
Matt 's Comment
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I, too love the information here, but yes, section 14 can be a bit of a shock if you have not been reading the Texas CDL handbook. Good luck on school, I am about to start week 2 tomorrow down here in Laredo, Texas!

Pepper

Thanks Pepper and goodluck to you as well.

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.
Fire Marshal Bill's Comment
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I can confirm what Matt posted. I just took the permit test on Thursday 2/26/15. They only let you take the COMBO and SPECIAL REQUIRMENTS. And then issue you your permit. The permit is only good for 46 days. Study those sections only prior to taking the Texas permit test to get that done. Study the rest minus endorsements when attending school. The endorsements will NOT be allowed to be tested on in Texas until you have your CDL.

Love this site!!!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Whistler's Comment
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Man Matt, I wished I would have found this before this morning. I too, had a similar experience this morning. I'm glad, well.. sort of, that I'm not the only one. I felt like crap on the bike ride home. I passed the first, and felt all good. Then, BAM.. nope. Folks, please heed this information. Section 14 of the Texas CDL Handbook is a MUST for studying as it isn't covered by High Road.

Good luck!

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.
NIGHT PROWLER's Comment
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I had the same thing happen to me. I thought I could take all the tests before going to school. But that's not the case. I also failed the same test. went home studied passed the next day. But the woman at Dot told me my permit was good until my license expired ? So now Im not sure if Ill have to retake it or not. But I need to get a dot physical first. I want to pass all written tests before going to school.

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.

Cajun J's Comment
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All I can say is that I wish I had seen this BEFORE I went to take my test today.... RUDE awakening.

EVERYTHING else here has been spot on and is greatly appreciated. Hope they update their info on here to let others here in Texas know BEFORE they experience the same surpise we have.

bwr5000's Comment
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I am glad I found and read this line of posts. The only place I have found material on Chapter 14 Special Requirements (practice test questions) is an application in the Google Play Store. It is called the "Texas Driver's Ed Study Buddy". (No , I don't get anything for downloads!!!). Once you download it and open it, one of the tabs is CDL tests. After you click on that you will see the Chapter 14 Special Requirements practice tests. Other that that just been using the high road material.

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.
bwr5000's Comment
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OK just got back from Texas Drivers License office. Here is the real scoop on getting CDL permit. The fee is $11. Two tests only: Chapter 6 - combinations and Chapter 14 - special requirements. They told me the reason they do not put out much information on what will be tested in order to obtain a Texas CDL permit is because a lot of Texans do not obtain a CDL permit (I don't know how accurate that is).

The high road training program is perfect for the Chapter 6, super easy. The Chapter 14 test is different. 20 questions, half are super easy, the other half are somewhat obscure. Read Chapter 14 a few times and take practice tests. Pay attention to the remote details and you will be fine.

Also, you are not required to get your DOT physical before you obtain the permit

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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