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Old 07-08-2011, 07:51 AM   #15
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Another reason, if I may -- the hydraulic brakes in your car are ready the moment you start up, and your are very unlikely to lose brake fluid (and thus the use of you hydraulic brakes) in the course of normal operation. Your air brakes, on the other hand, are only functional after pressure is built to a sufficient level, and require periodic (ideally, daily or each trip) checks of the air system to make sure it is functioning properly.

Requiring a bit of education to operate a heavy vehicle with a different braking system seems like a pretty good idea to me. Maryland requires a Class B non-commercial license to operate a single vehicle over 26k lbs., and you have to demonstrate understanding of your air brake system if you test on an air-brake-equipped vehicle. I got mine last year.

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