Question, if you take the Class A in a hotshot, will you be barred from driving Class B trucks?

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  1. NY2001

    NY2001 Light Load Member

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    This is considered Class A if the trailer causes the combined vehicles to have a GCWR of more than 26,000 pounds.

    from my understanding, if the vehicle lacks air brakes, you’ll have an L restriction whereas you’ll also have an O restriction because it obviously don’t have a fifth wheel but does the O restriction at LEAST allow the operation of trucks more than 26,000 pounds?
     
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  3. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    Class A allows you to drive a straight truck.
    BUT you will have to have air brake test, or drive straight truck with hydraulic brakes.

    O restriction if it doesn’t have a 5th wheel OR pintle hook.
     
  4. NY2001

    NY2001 Light Load Member

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    What if the Class A has an “O” restriction? I thought that would prohibit you from driving any bus or truck more than 26,000 pounds GVWR (trucks and buses) because technically, the “O” restriction means you took the Class A test in a pick-up truck less than 26,001 pounds.
     
  5. GreenPete359

    GreenPete359 Road Train Member

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    A Class A cdl with an O restriction does not prevent you from driving a straight truck.

    An L restriction would however prevent you from driving a straight truck equipped with air brakes.
     
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  6. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Why not just go get your full Class A with no restrictions? Its not hard.
     
  7. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    GO take the road test with an air brake truck and trailer. don't mess around with these restrictions.

    These restrictions are really ineffective and stupid.
     
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  8. Todd727

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    I agree with you, however, it can be much easier for someone to have access to a pickup and a gooseneck than finding a truck with airbrakes and/or a 5th wheel.
     
  9. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

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    I don’t know why he’d want to drive a straight truck with an A license? Backing a straight to a dock. The wheel turns the truck the wrong way!
     
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