Canada and the U.S. but you cannot exchange CDLs?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by NY2001, Jun 24, 2022.

  1. NY2001

    NY2001 Light Load Member

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    For example, Ontario's Class A is practically the same as the U.S.'s Class A license (both Ontario and the U.S. use Class A to allow the person to drive semi-trailers).

    In Canada, I believe they also require a pre-trip inspection so how come if a Canadian moves to the US, they're required to take the road test to get a CDL?
     
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  3. bonder45

    bonder45 Road Train Member

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    Because of NAFTA laws made in the 1980's.

    Until they change those we are SOL.
     
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  4. mnmover

    mnmover Road Train Member

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    If you have a US or CDN license it means you are a citizen of USA or Canada. The rules for transporting stuff are different, as a USA citizen cannot load to Winnipeg and reload to Saskatoon. Same for Canadian drivers, cannot unload at St Louis and then load to Florida before returning to Canada.
     
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  5. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Because it's a foreign country, right ? We trust our neighborly states in the procedures, but we don't trust a foreign country on "how to" test for a CDL ! ! I mean, we don't have same HOS. We don't have same speed limits. Quebec doesn't much speak english.
     
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  6. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Does EVERY New Yorker feel entitled to rearrange the world?
     
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  7. Florescent-android92

    Florescent-android92 Light Load Member

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    There needs to be a formal transfer agreement in place between the province/state outlining the criteria for training, experience, and licensing.
     
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  8. NY2001

    NY2001 Light Load Member

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  9. Florescent-android92

    Florescent-android92 Light Load Member

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    You asked!

    FTR even within Canada some drivers need to do a road test depending on the province they are moving to/from
     
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  10. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    Even between some states you still need to do another driving test, so if states don't recognize other states how do you expect another country to do so?
     
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  11. Ridgeline

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    some people in Michigan think Canada is just an extension of the us and they can do what they want.

    why?

    for the 42 people with commercial drivers licenses who annually move across the border?
     
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