Getting Caught Driving without a CDL.....What happens????

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by QueenB1, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. LGarrison

    LGarrison Road Train Member

    May 19, 2011
    Sandpoint Idaho
    You need a nap!
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  2. truckon

    truckon Swamp Thing

    Dec 16, 2011
    Like I'd tell you!

    Cant win around here. If you make a new thread you get yelled at for not using the search feature. If you use the search feature and bump an old thread you get yelled. Go figure.
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  3. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    Sioux City,ia
    Ain't that the truth though.Oops I made boo boo and used ain't.Hope I don't get a ticket from the grammer police.Its actually funny how people get bent out of shape for silly things.Its like get a life.
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  4. Sjenk1998

    Sjenk1998 Bobtail Member

    Jul 28, 2016
    Do you need a cdl for a 25ft gooseneck and a dodge dually?
  5. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    There is a trucker once a month caught without a CDL for the vehicle in the truckstop where I am. Regular as clock work.

    They end up in court and usually either plead Nolo Condendre (No contest, same as conviction) or are found guilty and charged with fines.

    You can bet Arkansas takes a dim view of people too stupid to drive a truck without a CDL. And with the federal databases I would imagine your name will escalate to that list against you if you do get arrested for no CDL.

    Now... with that said...

    There are a extremely limited group that can drive a heavy truck such as Farm, Carnival etc it's extremely limited. I once witnessed a scared but grinning 8 year old in a transtar hauling a flatbed scrambler ride upgrade south west of Scranton PA in the rain on 81. THAT sparked a CB converstation that lasted into New England. What a day. We convoyed with him. Poor thing. At 8 I did not have that kind of balls yet. sheesh Im jealous. He did good actually. Real good on the downshifts high to low.
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  6. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    If you are for HIRE and commercial work for a living YES get a CDL. Ive seen Oklahoma based small cars marked as CDL vehicles too on our road through little rock.

    I think the weight rating is 26,000 and up for CDL heavy trucking plus airbrakes etc etc etc. But even a small car on up for HIRE in commercial hauling of any kind is a CDL job.

    I don;t know how else to describe it. Your small pickup plus gooseneck trailer to me says hotshot class. Nothing wrong with that. You are probably going to be a CDL driver even if you own the thing.

    The only exception would be to hauling your private stuff. I don't think you have that many suitcases in baggage to need one do you? ///Teasing.
  7. Snow Walker

    Snow Walker Light Load Member

    Why not just go down to your local motor vehicle branch and ask the question!
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  8. prisonerofthehighway

    prisonerofthehighway Light Load Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    Cedar Rapids, Ia
    What type of penske truck? If it's a box truck that have hydraulic brakes then no, but if they have air assist brakes then yes they do need a CDL. That is why you have to take an air brakes test when you get your CDL. So without knowing this info, as well as the GVR of the penske truck I guess it's all up to speculation. My dad got a ticket for driving a box truck from penske without a cdl for this exact reason. No one took the time to figure out if the truck he was driving had air assist brakes. Ultimately my dad got a ticket, the truck had to sit on the side of the road till someone with a cdl showed up to finish the run. Hope that this helps.
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  9. Bdog

    Bdog Heavy Load Member

    Nov 6, 2014
    You do not need anything other than a regular class C to drive a truck under 26k with air brakes. I have owned three and currently own one truck with a 25999 GVWR and air brakes and my guys with regular class c drive it. They have been through scales, road side dot inspections, etc and never a problem.

    As to the OP if the truck has a 33kGVWR you need a class B to drive it even if empty. The CDL requirement is triggered by actual weight or GVWR. Just because it weighs under 26k doesn't matter if the GVWR is over 26k a CDL is needed.
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