CDL - TRAINING CONSULTANTS
since July 1990
Class "B" ?
Class "A" ?
We are sure that the gentleman driving the Beer truck and the Dixie Ohio driver did not need a CDL!
In 1990 the Federal Government regulated that all commercial drivers in our country will need a CDL when the vehicle has a GVWR
(gross vehicle weight rating) of 26,001 lbs. or more empty or loaded, air brakes or not! This requires a Class "B" license.
If the trailer is rated over 10,001 lbs. or more empty or loaded, air brakes or not & hooked to a truck weather the truck is CDL or not but together when the GVCWR (gross vehicle combination weight rating) is over 26,001 lbs. you need a Class "A" CDL.
You have a truck that is rated for 17,500 lbs. and hook it to a trailer that is rated for 12,000 lbs. Do you need a CDL?
Yes, you need a Class "A" because together they are over 26,001 lbs.
You have the same truck that is rated for 17,500 lbs. and hook it to a trailer that is rated for 10,000 lbs. Do you need a CDL?
No, even though they are a combination weight over 26,001 lbs. the trailer did not exceed the rating of 10,001 or more lbs.
You have a large pick-up truck hooked to a beaver trailer rated at 20,000 lbs. Between the pick-up and the trailer you will exceed 26,001 lbs. you will need a Class "A" with an air brake restriction.
Is always the trailer. Focus on the trailer's GVWR. If the trailer is over 10,001 lbs. and hooked to any vehicle under 26,000 lbs. it will be a Class "A" CDL if the combined weight puts them over 26,001 lbs.
If you have a truck that is 26,000 lbs. and hook it to trailer that is exactly 10,000 lbs. rated....do you need a CDL? NO!!
Why? Because neither of the vehicles exceed the "1" lb. even though they are over the 26,000!!
Questions?..........please feel free to email us!!!