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So I went to add an endorsement to my license today and did so successfully.  i have the remainder of a year on my permit, so i am “grandfathered in” but once my permit runs out if i wish to add an endorsement, like 5th wheel, school bus or Hazmat, even though i already am a CDL licensed driver, i have to go through the same School as new drivers…i feel like this is getting ridiculous. My understanding is that this will be nationwide. 

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Looks like a great time to buy some beater trucks and open a school then. I use to have mine and let them expire accidentally and just didn't go back and do all the testing over. But when I got it originally I got every endorsement I possibly could just because. Now if I have to drive one I just check all the lights and brakes and pay attention to my speed.

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1 hour ago, IHC5488 said:

I can't wait to show the BMV proof that I am a citizen!   Only been driving for 30 years now........

why ? tell them in latin,  illegals dont need any of it and rubber stamp the tests.

we had to block ALL, pull offs, turn arounds  they would run right over the silage bale stack (80-120-15) then ask for directions to cant get there from here.

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2 hours ago, forwhldrv said:

Yup and I had heard if you get your license with a pointless hook you are restricted to that only. And if it has hud brakes or electric you can’t pull a trailer with air brakes 

I am not aware specifically about that, far as I know air brake is air brake , period, and I've asked a lot of times, but there’s 5th wheel, combination, manual, hazmat, school bus, the. Of course class a,b,c,d and interstate, intrastate…. It’s exhausting.  

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23 minutes ago, vtfireman85 said:

I am not aware specifically about that, far as I know air brake is air brake , period, and I've asked a lot of times, but there’s 5th wheel, combination, manual, hazmat, school bus, the. Of course class a,b,c,d and interstate, intrastate…. It’s exhausting.  

When my brother got his class B (straight truck) he took an auto with air brakes. He went back for class A with a pickup and gooseneck, again auto. At that time it was recommended that way so you could focus on driving instead of shifting. When I got my class A I had to have a manual or get a restriction on my license.

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When my gurl got her 3 with air (kanada) everyone said just get it with an auto, she took it in a 5 ton box truck with a five speed manual, she took three lessons with a teacher but now she has no restriction.

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27 minutes ago, Dasnake said:

There was one thing I learned that always stayed with me. Always make sure you SLOWLY  release the framjam before turbo-flexing the naviplar, easy peasy.

You been hanging out in PA? W T F does that mean?

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IMO this is getting alittle over regulated.    Instead of all this schooling new drivers ought to go out on the road with older driver's with some OTR and taught  for awhile instead of books and a 6 week course. But I'm old schooled maybe I'm missing something.

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I got my Chauffeurs license to drive busses when I was in college.  The test was a drive around with a stop to show proper operation of lights and stop arm.  The license was restricted to straight trucks and busses.
Later I needed to get a semi license.  A friend borrowed a truck and trailer from his boss.  My only practice was to back the trailer from a street into a parking lot.  Being a farm kid the only thing new was using mirrors to back up.
The test was a lights check and about 30 blocks of in-town driving with a backing move.  
When I started driving I soon learned to adjust brakes and fix lights especially before crossing any scale in Ohio.     Brake adjustment, light repairs and being able to figure things out were just part of being a driver.  
Total cost to get the semi license: $0.00.

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I drove a school bus for a couple of years, special needs kids, most of them in wheelchairs so usually only 6 - 8 kids in the bus. They were quiet and all the buses with wheelchair lifts had air conditioning.

In Pennsylvania to drive a school bus you need a class B CDL plus Air Brake, Passenger and School bus endorsement. The buses are all automatic so you get a restriction on your license, no manual transmission.

Now comes the really dumb part! PA says you can’t shift gears going across a railroad and I’m pretty sure it is so you don’t mess up a shift and have to stop on the tracks and start over. 
 

Since school buses stop at every railroad we were required to put the transmission in low to cross the tracks……it’s an AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION for crying out loud!!!
 

It was too stupid to argue, I just did it to pass the test.

 

 

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You guys will love this:

ICAO requires that pilots be proficient in English to fly internationally so even though this country, the UK, Ireland, etc., are all English speaking countries, we all had to have this "limitation" which really is an "unlimitation", no such word, applied to our certificates.

Mindless bureaucracy.

 

JEC pilot license rear marked_Redacted.jpg

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And Biden wonders why there's supply chain issues.

In BC Dasnake already has supply chain issues after the last flood just wait till the drivers need double shots going both directions. 

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6 hours ago, E160BHM said:

It is always fun when Dogbert wags his tail!!

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I’ve met some drivers that went through that school. One of them backed into our trailer at Freightliner. We ran out to stop him before he did anymore damage. He got out of the truck with a huge attitude and said “What do you want?” We told him he was in the process of backing into our trailer. He got out and looked at the damage and then told us he didn’t think he did that. That guy could not have backed up a van trailer if his life depended on it. 

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18 hours ago, vtfireman85 said:

 My understanding is that this will be nationwide. 

From what I've read your right it is, I've wanted mine but i guess that's out of the picture, heck here in Kentucky they're in the process of getting your regular drivers license new or renewed a complete joke

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45 minutes ago, 88power said:

From what I've read your right it is, I've wanted mine but i guess that's out of the picture, heck here in Kentucky they're in the process of getting your regular drivers license new or renewed a complete joke

I have it second hand through one of the instructors that there are an endless number of ways to get through the school for free or less, but i will hazard a guess that if you already are employed or self employed you get to pay the full ticket so those “less fortunate” can go free. 

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26 minutes ago, vtfireman85 said:

I have it second hand through one of the instructors that there are an endless number of ways to get through the school for free or less, but i will hazard a guess that if you already are employed or self employed you get to pay the full ticket so those “less fortunate” can go free. 

sounds about right everything else is like that now.. Down here it used to be a fireman like yourself didn't have to jump as many hoops to get a cdl, which I totally agree with but sounds like that is going out if it already ain't

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1 hour ago, vtfireman85 said:

have it second hand through one of the instructors that there are an endless number of ways to get through the school for free or less,

free ride for LIFE illegals that also dont pay tax,but vote 5x as not citizen

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9 hours ago, New Englander said:

You guys will love this:

ICAO requires that pilots be proficient in English to fly internationally so even though this country, the UK, Ireland, etc., are all English speaking countries, we all had to have this "limitation" which really is an "unlimitation", no such word, applied to our certificates.

Mindless bureaucracy.

 

JEC pilot license rear marked_Redacted.jpg

Gee newey, your quite a handsome fella.

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