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Old 10-21-2021, 03:39 PM   #127
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Originally Posted by Chuck in PA View Post
I got the annual medical exam necessity waived which in effect makes my license a Class B license. If I want to drive for pay, I would need to revisit them and get that exemption removed. I would not need to retest. [...] My license card says nothing about the medical being exemption. DMV explained this is relatively common as CDL drivers retire, donít intend to drive for pay, but are rightfully reluctant to give up their CDL.
I just recently renewed but had the DMV add the "R" restriction (A3 med cert exempt) added, which is shown on the back. I too didn't want to give up my CDL, which I got way back in the 1970's, though I have no intention of driving for pay ever again. But I might need it for a larger RV some day. So I'm still legal for that.
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Old 10-22-2021, 02:22 AM   #128
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Congrats to Chuck for getting your Class B license. I was not aware you could ask to waive the annual CDL medical certification.

I looked at getting a professional "bus driver" commercial class B license through a local tour bus business and a technical school near me but eventually just decided to go through the state process on my own.

Throughout my years, I have held a state operator's license, a motorcycle license,
a chauffeur's license, a taxi driver's license, a motor vehicle driving instructor's certificate and now a non-commercial class B license. I passed the skid training test for state patrol officers in Wisconsin. I have some experience.

The fellow in Lebanon who administered my first class B test was determined to make me fail. He directed me and our 40 foot coach into narrow streets with right angle turns, narrow traffic islands and other obstacles which really could not accommodate such a large vehicle and then failed me for "touching" a curb and allegedly doing 26 in a 25 zone. He announced the result and then bolted with no explanation or discussion, as he did with others, so this was his modus operandi.

My second examiner (in Lewistown), who was much more thoughtful and thorough, took me on a wide variety of highways (not just 25mph city streets) including freeway entrances and exits, had me do an "emergency stop" along the highway, and was very good at eliciting information by her questions to see if I knew my stuff.

I do think the private driving school approach, while more expensive, would be less stressful for the test part. The instructors get to know you over a period of sessions.

I too would be glad to accompany any class B (RV) license candidates to practice or take their test. I live in Lancaster County PA near the Chester County line.
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