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    What year did states require a CDL license?

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    Good topic, Steve. Here is a link.
    It started in 1986.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commerc...er%27s_license

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    If you were already employed as a commercial driver then the Feds mandated that you had to have what they called the CDL by midnight on December 31st, 1991. Prior to that you could drive commercially with what was known as a chauffeurs license.

    Because I was employed as a commercial driver at the time I was "grandfathered" in and only had to take the written tests for the CDL, my employed signed the waiver for the driving test.
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    right SCOE-When I first started driving my state issued a C2 License which was needed to drive truck.

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    That's interesting. The reason I ask is because there are a lot of people who drive big construction vehicles where I park and many do not have a CDL. They say they are grandfathered in but don't have the endorsement on there license.

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    being "Grandfathered" in doesn't mean you don't have to have your CDL. All it means is that you didn't have to go through road tests and other things that a New driver has to do.
    You still have to have your CDL with endorsements you want.

    The reason the Feds went to to the CDL was there were way too many drivers maxing out their state license with points and then going to another state to get another license.

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    Right, Yoopr. The family that I used to work for every summer on harvest, got their CDL grandfathered.

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    I was grandfathered too-Thank God.
    Back in the Day I knew guys that had about 5 State Licenses
    People pissed and moaned about it but all in all it was a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yoopr
    being "Grandfathered" in doesn't mean you don't have to have your CDL. All it means is that you didn't have to go through road tests and other things that a New driver has to do.
    Wasn't the main thing not having to study up for the stupid pre-trip test? I mean look, I pre-trip. I found an extremely serious problem today, and got it fixed, and didn't cause a catastrophe, but if you ask me to take the CDL pre-trip test after 10 years behind the wheel, I'll probably fail the thing on some stupid technicality that only applies to obsolete trucks from the '80s.

    I remember on the test I did take, I lost points for not pointing to the "spacers" on a set of Budd wheels. The CDL examiner also gave me a lecture on why light, steady pressure was always the correct answer, because truck brake drums have cooling fins. Cooling fins? Uh, whatever dude, just gimmie the plastic and let me get to work please.

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    Maybe you misunderstood me. By road tests I meant that when you were grandfathered you didn't have to take the Road tests and everything else involved with it.

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    In other words, you got the CDL handed to ya. Didnt have to go through the tests.

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    It was a day I dont want to remember....lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackrabbit379
    In other words, you got the CDL handed to ya. Didnt have to go through the tests.
    No he didn't..... He still had to take the written tests.. Oh what a joy it was answering questions some NON driver thought up, especially the haz-mat test..
    Makes one wonder who in Hell thought up the CDL concept in the first place and why that person isn't floating face down with the fish!!!!

    It should be mandatory that people who pull travel trailers and/or drive motor homes take a skills test before they hit the highways!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Who
    Quote Originally Posted by Jackrabbit379
    In other words, you got the CDL handed to ya. Didnt have to go through the tests.
    No he didn't..... He still had to take the written tests.. Oh what a joy it was answering questions some NON driver thought up, especially the haz-mat test..
    Makes one wonder who in Hell thought up the CDL concept in the first place and why that person isn't floating face down with the fish!!!!

    It should be mandatory that people who pull travel trailers and/or drive motor homes take a skills test before they hit the highways!!!!
    Can I get an AMEN!! :lol:
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    yep- Still had to take the written tests and that God Awful Hazmat test

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    Ok. So, I was wrong. :P I remember hearing from old timers how they got their licenses, just didnt exactly know. :P

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    send some of that heavy rain up here-You've got enough now and we haven't had any.

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    You aint jokin! I've had enough! :P I aint never seen this much rain for this time of year, in years. :shock: I havent seen a clear day in over 2 weeks. :shock:

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    I've driven and been in Dallas when they had floods.
    Going to have frost tonight-Fall is coming :P

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    That's crazy. Funny how cool it gets up there, still.

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