Do You Need a Special License to Drive a Truck?

Do You Need a Special License to Drive a Truck?

Do You Need a Special License to Drive a Truck?

Every commercial truck driver needs a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to drive their trucks if they operate across state lines. Formerly, any driver with a valid driving license drove a commercial vehicle. However, things changed in 1986 following the enacting of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

This legislation requires every commercial vehicle  driver who operates interstate to get a CDL. The law has improved road safety by giving these drivers sufficient qualifications and training. Keep reading to learn why a CDL is critical.

Which Vehicles Require a CDL?

Every driver operating a commercial vehicle such as a tractor-trailer, semi-truck, dump truck, and passenger bus needs a CDL. Drivers obtain CDLs by sitting for and passing a special knowledge exam and driving skills test. Obtaining a CDL permits a driver to operate a truck. However, a driver’s CDL class determines the type and size of the truck one drives. Below are different commercial vehicle classes and their sizes.

Commercial Class A

A driver under this category can drive any vehicle with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or above as long as the towed vehicle’s GVWR exceeds 10,001 pounds.

Commercial Class B

This class allows drivers to operate vehicles with a GVWR exceeding 26,000 pounds, those towing a GVWR below 10,000 pounds, or 3-axle vehicles weighing more than 6,000 pounds.

Commercial Class C

A driver in this category can drive all Class C vehicles with one or all of these endorsements:

  • Hazardous materials
  • Passenger vehicle

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