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Old 02-25-2013, 03:52 PM   #15
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May I ask, without trying to bash the great state of California and it's......hmmm....forward leaning laws why this law was passed? When the law was passed what was the perceived problem and how was this requirement meant to remedy it? It appears to me his law will be violated more than the 55 mph speed limit if the license is so difficult to obtain. Is this endorsement harder to get than a commercial bus license or even tour coach license? Is this license endorsement purely a revenue measure or is it a misguided method to prevent RV ownership and drive a Prius?
Alan beat me to it, but also just the fact that these coaches can be up to 45' long and weigh 50,000+ lbs...they can inflict a lot of damage ~ many times without the driver even knowing it! A friend made a necessary wide right hand turn and a little Honda car tried to sneak inside. MH driver never saw him...or the fact his coach pushed the car over the curb and up into the building next to the side walk (he really should have been watching his mirrors!). Another driver had to stop him to tell him what had happened. No citation for the MH driver, but still...

And after watching a 387 point turn by a coach trying to pull into a fuel island (imagine the Queen Mary docking ~ sans tug boats), I think it makes a lot of sense.

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Old 02-25-2013, 11:34 PM   #16
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May I ask, without trying to bash the great state of California and it's......hmmm....forward leaning laws why this law was passed? When the law was passed what was the perceived problem and how was this requirement meant to remedy it? It appears to me his law will be violated more than the 55 mph speed limit if the license is so difficult to obtain. Is this endorsement harder to get than a commercial bus license or even tour coach license? Is this license endorsement purely a revenue measure or is it a misguided method to prevent RV ownership and drive a Prius?
I believe the answer lies in the wheel base length of a fixed axle rig that exceeds 40'.

I can only think of Firetrucks and Charter Bus rigs that also meet those criteria. Both require a Commercial Class driver license in California and most other States.

Bending that length fixed axle rig around some of the 180 degree mountain turns that I drove today, would require the rig to occupy some of the oncoming traffic lane in the middle of the turn.

That is probably why the road restrictions for 40'+ rigs was imposed.

As it is, many of those roads have signs posted that tractor/trailer rigs exceeding 30' from kingpin to rear axle are "not advised".

A forty foot DP is probably 28' from front axle to drive axle.
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