Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3071 posts, RR: 9 Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 963 times:
Congratulations! I was similarly satisfied last September when I earned my commercial driver license with air brakes and passenger endorsements so I could drive the big buses around town for my part time job.
The buses I drive are 40 feet (12.2m) long. Here in the States anyway, I see trucks pulling 45 foot (13.7m) trailers. I don't know how they do it!
I wonder if there are any other commercial drivers here?
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3071 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 956 times:
I didn't for the bus. I did have to drive through some cones simulating a narrow alley and make a left turn out of them, stop, and have to back up back inbetween the row of cones again. I think truck drivers have to back a trailer onto a cargo dock between two other trailers to pass. These backing manuevers (especially with a tractor-trailer rig) are much more difficult than basic parallel parking IMO.
Boeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 954 times:
LOL thats great!! I too have my AZ or Clas One licence here in Ontario too! I got it not to drive 18 wheelers but to have incase I need a job in tuff times. I will keep it for as long as I can, you never know when its going to come in handy!
Mika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2791 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 903 times:
I forgot, congrats to the license man! im born and raised in a truck (well almost) as my father has been a truck driver for quite some time. I stil love to sometimes go with him on a longer trip, there's a special feeling in the truck driver lifestyle.
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3071 posts, RR: 9 Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 894 times:
I don't know too much about the trucking industry and only a little about buses.
Licensing in the USA is different state to state. And there are also exceptions, like for military or agricultural operation of commercial vehicles. I'm guessing some places it is 18 and others 21.
In my state, you can get any comercial license at 18.
I drive three different types of buses. The biggest are the 40 foot Gillig Phantom models. They are made out in the Bay Area, California. The 1989's are rated to hold 83 people, and I've had capacity crowds a few times. That's during a shift I drive where there's a bunch of people headed out to the bar on a Friday night. The 1997's are in the same configuration, but are rated for 20 less people for some reason. I've driven them a couple times on my Friday night shift but haven't ran into a situation where I had to cut off the passengers from boarding. The other buses we have are 2 late 1990's Orion II minibuses. They are partially made in both Ontario, Canada and New York State. They are only about 26 feet long and we use them mainly for our handicap paratransit service. I just got qualified for that, so I'll drive handicapped people wherever they need to go, usually to/from home or work. We also have 2 older minibuses made by Champion for the same purpose. I don't know too much about those.
Ts-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3315 posts, RR: 6 Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 888 times:
In Tunisia,we have to be 21 to start trucks driving tests.It is the same for buses.
I drove a Scania R124 in my exam.It was a new red one.I like the Renault Magnum,Renault Premium Privilege,
Volvo FH12,Mercedes Actros,and the MAN TG-2.
Cainanuk From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 550 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 877 times:
Before I moved to the UK I was a long haul owner operator in the States. I most recently had a 1999 Peterbilt 379 and was leased to Transcarriers out of Memphis. First love was always aviation though. After a short stint with Soutwest and several years in the US Air Force, I decided to get back into the aviation field. I now work for Globe Ground Manchester as a dispatcher and I really love it...
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6128 posts, RR: 55 Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 867 times:
Back in 1966 I got a truck drivers license at the military - passed first time after some 5-6 hours practice in a 1944 war time Chevy truck which the US Army didn't want to ship back home after having defeated Herr Hitler.
Since my major "load" was fellow troops standing on the truck body, then I automatically also got a bus license.
Both were administratively converted to civilian status when I left the military in 1967, and they are valid until 2016 when I must pass a medical test in order to keep them for 5 more years.
It's rediculous. I haven't seen a truck or bus from the inside for 35 years. I have no business at the controls of a modern truck or bus today.
Luckily for this country there is no trucking or bus company either, which would hire me without giving me a very substantial training program first.
Anyway, if I bought my own bus, then I could legally drive it fully loaded bus as long as the passengers are non-paying relatives and friends only.
Nope, this was not an invitation for a free ride.
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm