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I am thinking about checking out a 92' F-700 Diesel,,,,Knowing that 26,000 GVW and above a CDL is required,,,under 26,000 GVW is still rather vague to me,,,some people say that a Regular Drivers license (like you get when your 16)is all you need ??,,,,,And a Guy I know say's you will still need a Class 2 License to drive 18 to 26k GVW trucks,,Can anyone clear this up ??
Now I live in CT.,,Have a class D (= Any motor vehicle that does not require a CDL)license with a Motorcyle endorsment,,,does this mean I can drive a truck with a GVW up to 26k ? and is it the same CDL rules, throughout all the states?
You should contact the DMV for more info if you still have questions.
Lots of folks here will tell you, for example, that in Alabama, you can drive a Terex on the side roads with just a learners permit or some other non-relevant info. Note they say nothing about air brakes, other than to restrict CDL holders who do not test with an air brake equipped vehicle. So if your truck has air brakes, even though your license allows you to drive it without test or endorsement, you better know how to use, inspect, adjust and secure them.
Some of these laws may vary from state to state, but I live in Utah and I own this '75 Diamond Reo. I'm also a CDL holder and over-the-road trucker. My Reo is too old and rare to make a living with, so I didn't want to register it commercially, that saves me on registration, insurance, and headaches from regulations. In my state, as long as I registered it under 26,000 as a private vehicle, I wouldn't need a CDL, have to go through a port of entry, or display any information on the outside of the truck... but yes, it has air brakes. I've registered mine for 20,000 and as long as I don't exceed that weight or hook a trailer over 10,000, I'm good to go. Insurance was a pain in the rear though, there are very few companies that understand why in the world you would have a commercial truck that's not registered commercially.
I'da been here sooner if I'd gotten here before I did.
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