In order to drive certain types of motor vehicles in America, the driver must posses a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Depending on the type of vehicle that you are looking to operate, you will either need to obtain a Class A, B, or C CDL license.
A Class A CDL will allow drivers to operate most vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more. It also gives the driver the right to operate most Class B and Class C vehicles with a few exceptions.
Vehicles That Can Be Operated With Class A CDL:
- Truck and Trailer Combinations
- Double and Triple Trailers
- Tractor-Trailer Buses
- Tanker Vehicles
- Livestock Carriers
- Box Trucks
- Dump Trucks
- Straight Trucks
- Passenger Vans
The Class A CDL allows drivers to operate not only Class A vehicles, but drivers will also be able to operate all Class B and Class C vehicles as well. A couple of Class B and Class C vehicles require additional special endorsements before being able to operate with a Class A CDL though.
Vehicles That Require Special Endorsements:
- Passenger Bus
- School Bus
In order to operate a passenger bus or school bus, written tests and additional road skill tests will need to be completed. With the proper endorsements, a Class B CDL is the highest classification needed in order to operate a passenger bus and school bus.
Are you looking for more information on how to earn a commercial driver’s license? At United States Truck Driving School, we specialize in training for both a Class A CDL and Class B CDL. Not sure which one is right for you? Contact us for more information on finding the CDL training program that fits your career goals!