Regardless of the specific niche your organization belongs in, as long as it requires operating commercial motor vehicles, then you’d need to have drivers holding a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Whether it’s a commercial delivery truck, a truck for transporting hazardous materials, or a passenger vehicle, the law mandates that only a CDL-bearing driver should operate it. It’s for this reason that Centerline Drivers suggests you leave truck driving job openings in the hands of expert staffers, as this can significantly minimize the risks of hiring someone with the incorrect license.
And it’s not enough that you just hire anyone who carries a CDL. These specialized driver’s licenses come in some forms, and the specific classification of their license determines the type of vehicle they can drive.
From Class A to C
For instance, with a Class A license, a trucker has the authority to drive any combination of vehicles having a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or greater. “Combination” here means that they can drive a truck with another towed vehicle weighing more than 10,000 pounds. On the other hand, a Class B CDL driver, while having permission to drive a vehicle with a GCWR of 26,001 pounds, can only operate a single vehicle.
Keep in mind that there’s also a Class C license, which the federal government requires of drivers who operate motor vehicles carrying hazardous materials, transport 16 passengers or more (with the inclusion of the driver), or any other vehicle that doesn’t fall under CDL Class A or B specifications.
Hiring only drivers qualified for the job
The world of commercial driver’s license is indeed a tricky and complex one. And because of the potential dangers that such motor vehicles pose (larger size, transport of hazardous materials, etc.), you cannot afford to hire someone unfit for the job.