Originally Posted by hogdriver
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.