If you’ve been thinking about becoming a truck driver, you want to know the differences between the Class A and Class B CDL licenses. How do you know which license to get and what jobs to search for? At Morristown Express, we explore the differences between the Class A vs. Class B CDL truck driver, so you can figure out which job suits you best.
What is the difference between Class A and Class B CDL licenses?
The CDL Class A license allows drivers to operate a vehicle that contains a semi-trailer or trailer with two or more axles. This license covers any vehicle configuration that has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GCWR) exceeding 26,000 pounds, as long as the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the towed vehicle reaches more than 10,000 pounds. On the other hand, the CDL Class B license permits the driver to operate straight vehicles that have a GVWR of more than 26,000 pounds, but the towed vehicle may not exceed 10,000 pounds.
What kind of jobs can you get with a Class B CDL?
There’s plenty of variety available with Class B CDL truck driving jobs. With a Class B CDL license, you can operate the following equipment.
- Straight trucks
- Large passenger buses, for school, the city, or as a tourist attraction
- Box trucks for delivery
- Dump trucks, including small trailers
What is the difference between Class A B and C CDL?
The Class A CDL driver can also operate a variety of vehicles, including:
- Double or triple trailers
- Truck/trailer combinations
- Tractor-trailer buses
- Livestock carriers
Most heavy truck drivers, semi-truck drivers, tractor-trailer operators, and over-the-road (OTR) truckers have a Class A CDL license. With this commercial license, you can also operate any vehicle that would require a Class B CDL, allowing you to apply for more jobs.
On the other hand, the Class C CDL license permits a driver to operate a vehicle or combination that isn’t covered by the previous licenses. You would need a Class C CDL if you were transporting 16 to 23 passengers or you were transporting hazardous materials requiring the use of a placard.
Is a Class A license the same as a CDL?
The Class A license is often referred to as a CDL because it operates as a universal license. With the Class A CDL, you can operate a wide range of trucks and combinations. Class B also allows for some variety, but not as much as Class A.
Morristown Express Recruits Entry-Level & Experienced Class Drivers
At Morristown Express, we recruit both entry-level and experienced Class A CDL drivers. We offer exciting job opportunities and provide a comprehensive benefits package. You can receive on-job training if this is a newer position for you. Our kosher, liquid food grade carrying jobs never require you to haul anything that is hazardous. Instead, you will be delivering liquid chocolate and oil to our customers. Apply with Morristown Express today and start a new trucking career.