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What is a Commercial Driver’s License?

A Commercial Driver's License CDL is required to drive commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) such as tractor trailers, semi-trucks, dump trucks, and passenger buses. If you looking for a career on the road rather than in an office, you’ll most likely need a CDL. There are three classes of CDLs that determine the kinds of vehicles you’re permitted to drive: Class A, Class B, and Class C. CDL classification is also determined by the vehicle's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and other specific requirements.

Types of CDL

Class A

A CDL Class A Vehical is one that weighs more than 26,000 lbs. and has a trailer that weighs more than 10,000 lbs. An Example is a Tractor Trailer. Once someone has a CDL Class A license then they can also drive any class B Vehicles.

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Class B

CDL Class B vehicles are defined as any vehicle that weighs more than 26,000 lbs. and has no trailer or if there is a trailer it must weigh less than 10,000 lbs. Some examples are box trucks, dump trucks, garbage truck, and cement truck just to name a few.

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Class B + P

A CDL Class B + P Vehicle is one that weighs more than 26,000 lbs. and has a carrier with 16 or more passengers. An Example is a Passenger Buss. Once someone has a CDL Class B + P license then they can also drive any class B Vehicles.

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Our school offers lessons for teenage first-time drivers, new adult learners
and existing drivers with lapsed licenses. Career opportunities are also available via CDL training!

It takes highly specialized knowledge and skills to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). But prior to 1986, many states allowed anyone with an car driver license to operate a CMV. As a result, many drivers throughout the country were driving CMVs without proper training. On October 27, 1986, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act was signed into law. This law made it mandatory for all drivers of commercial vehicles to have a CDL. By ensuring that bus drivers and operators of large trucks are highly trained and qualified, this law has improved highway safety significantly.

We, at Driving Academy offer affordable, state-approved classroom and behind-the-wheel lessons for teens, adults (seniors included) and aspiring truck (a.k.a. CDL) drivers. Our founder and lead instructor comes from a family of teachers and professional CDL drivers. With a lifetime of driver education experience and unique training method, driving is something we take very seriously. He has, practically, grew up in this business and, teaching and driving is in his blood. He has developed a system of driver education that can help even the most challenged students. He has truly taken this industry by storm by putting fundamental education before anything else which has set the new standard for driver training in the 21 century.

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