Class B CDL

Well, today is the first day of Spring, and it is also Spring Break at my college. It is a rainy day here in Monterey, CA, but besides that, I have a plan to get a driver’s license. Yesterday, I paid tuition at a trucking school and enrolled in the Class B program. The program is three days a week and then I go to a driving exam to earn a Class B License. The teacher will teach me about a pre-trip inspection, controls test, and on-road training. I hope to get a job that requires a Class B License After I get my Class B License. The job might be delivery or something or transportation. Once I get my Class B License, I might be able to work for Producer’s Dairy, Nestle, or Daylight Foods part- or full-time while I finish up at college.

A Class B commercial driver license is required to operate:

·        A single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or heavier.
AND/OR

·        Any vehicle as described above that is towing another vehicle weighing UP TO 10,000 lbs.

The types of vehicles include:

·        Straight trucks.

·        Large buses, including:

o   City buses.

o   Tourist buses.

o   School buses.

·        Segmented buses.

·        Box trucks, such as:

o   Delivery drivers.

o   Couriers.

o   Furniture delivery.

·        Dump trucks with small trailers

I am going for a passenger and air brake endorsement, but once I get a Class B License, I might be able to have a job that includes just air brakes or just passenger endorsement. Below is a photo of a box truck and a passenger bus that some of the companies I might apply to might have. I probably will not want to drive a large tourist bus, and I do not want to drive a school bus.

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There is a job that I applied to locally in Monterey County, but I do not know if I have the right endorsements and class of license at the moment to drive for them. The company is called Monterey Airbus, and the driver’s drive passengers from Monterey County all the way to San Jose Airport and even to San Francisco Airport. I have not gotten a call back from the manager at Monterey Airbus, so I assume that I need the Class B License in order to work there. The vehicles transport around 15 passengers at a time, give or take a few. The job would be perfect because it is local around Monterey, CA and maybe I would be able to drive for them full-time hours and still go to college. Plus, I would probably enjoy driving passengers safely all the way to San Francisco or from San Francisco all the way to Monterey, CA. So, at the moment, I will just go for two or three weeks to the driving school I paid for, learn from the teachers, and then hopefully have my Class B CDL by April 25, 2018.

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