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What Types of Vehicles are Class A CDL Drivers Permitted to Operate?

Class A CDL jobs are lucrative positions that allow you to put your transport expertise to work. But what exactly can you drive with a class A CDL? Let’s explore this question and how a class A license compares to other CDL classes.

Types of CDL Licenses

Type of CDL CDL Class Abilities Vehicles You can Drive
Class A CDL Required to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, provided the towed vehicle is heavier than 10,000 pounds.
  • Tractor-trailers (Semi)
  • Truck and trailer combinations
  • Tanker vehicles
  • Livestock carriers
  • Flatbeds

**Most Class B and Class C vehicles, depending on endorsement requirements.

Class B CDL Required to operate any single vehicle that isn’t hitched to a trailer (commercial trucks that have an attached cab and cargo area with a combined weight greater than 26,000 pounds, as well as trucks with a detached towed cargo vehicle that weighs less than 10,000 pounds).
  • Straight trucks
  • Large buses
  • Segmented buses
  • Box trucks
  • Dump trucks with small trailers

**Some Class C vehicles with the correct endorsements.

Class C CDL Required to operate a single vehicle with GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds or a vehicle towing another vehicle that weighs less than 10,000 pounds, or transports 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
  • Double/Triple Trailers
  • Buses
  • Tank Trucks
  • HazMat Vehicles

What is a Class A CDL?

Class A CDL certification allows you to operate a combination of vehicles with a GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of 26,001 pounds or more with the towed vehicle weighing more than 10,000 pounds, you will need to be a Class A CDL truck driver.

CDL Class A trucks include tractor-trailers, otherwise known as the semi-truck, 18-wheeler, or big rig. This type of CDL certifies you for hauling of tankers, truck-trailer combinations, livestock carriers, and flatbeds.

Vehicles You Can Drive with a Class A CDL

With a Class A CDL you can haul Tractor-trailers (Semi), Truck and trailer combinations, Tanker vehicles, Livestock carriers, Flatbeds, and some class C vehicles.

At LCL Bulk we require drivers to have a Class A CDL because our main haul is tanker trucks. If you’re wondering how to go about becoming a CDL truck driver, you’re in the right place. Our CDL experts are here to help you along every step of your journey to a new career.

CDL Endorsements

Besides your Class A CDL, you might also require some endorsements depending on what vehicle you drive.

There are six primary CDL endorsements, but more in some states. You will find endorsements for transporting hazardous materials, operating a tanker, transporting more than 16 people, towing double or triple trailers, and more.

Each CDL endorsement requires more testing than the basic Class A license but can open up career opportunities for you as a Class A CDL driver and enable you to make more money.

Why Should You Become a Class A CDL Driver?

Class A CDLs give you the most ability and options of vehicles you can operate. As a Class A CDL driver, you get access to the highest pay, best benefits, and more opportunities than other drivers. When you sign on with LCL Bulk, you are also offered a comprehensive benefits package and transition pay.

LCL Bulk Hires CDL Class A Drivers in the Midwest & Northeastern United States

At LCL Bulk, we hire experienced Class A CDL drivers and entry-level Class A CDL truck drivers with at least 1-year of verifiable “Class A” experience.

Apply today with LCL Bulk!

We are hiring for Class A CDL jobs in the Midwest or Northeastern region of the United States! We have a variety of trucking positions, ranging from OTR to Regional routes. Currently, we are hiring drivers in PA, WI, IL, IN, and NJ.


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