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Old September 12, 2018, 22:11   #1
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WA. St. Class B CDL School Bus Drivers Test / Air Brakes

Well tomorrow morning I'm going to town to take the state DOT
written test , class B , plus endorsements , for school bus drivers ,
been hitti'n the book really hard , old habits die hard for an old
school trucker , I feel really good about passing it in the first go
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Old September 12, 2018, 22:52   #2
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Old September 12, 2018, 23:27   #3
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Hippy school bus driver in rural Washington.

Classic.

Good luck. Wish you were making it next week.
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Old September 14, 2018, 15:44   #4
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Can School bus driver just take a written test to get a Class B CDL?
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Old September 14, 2018, 17:27   #5
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In my area I had to and still am in the process ; take a class that is
provided by the school district ( bus drivers class ) first half is book
work / home work , ( 7 to 10 days roughly ) then take the state DOT
written ; general knowledge - class B , air brakes , Passengers, and
school bus . After that is passed you get a CLP ( learners permit )
then the second half of the class is driving until the instructor is
happy , then there is the 3rd party test ( pre trip / driving ) and after
you pass that you have go back to the DOL and ( for a fee ) you
will get your CDL class B / school bus endorsment , thats basically
it in a nut shell , also went to fist aid class to get the card , and
you have to have a DOT health card , by the way I passed all the
DOL written tests on the first go around ,
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Old September 14, 2018, 18:46   #6
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Up 'til 5 years ago I had the class A with doubles, hazmat and everything else you can add. I gave it up because it was just getting too expensive to keep and not use. That was about the same time the trucks started getting sold off. Still have a service truck that requires a class B, but it's for sale and just sits at the shop 'til I need the crane.
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Up 'til 5 years ago I had the class A with doubles, hazmat and everything else you can add. I gave it up because it was just getting too expensive to keep and not use. That was about the same time the trucks started getting sold off. Still have a service truck that requires a class B, but it's for sale and just sits at the shop 'til I need the crane.
Let my CDL lapse back in '94. Kinda regretted it for awhile but like you say, if its not helping to pay the bills, why keep it. I can still drive anything that has a steering wheel/joy stick/foot peddle control, whatever. Hell I've got 2 hours in the seat of a 300ft. Potain tower crane...same shit, different day.
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Old September 14, 2018, 19:14   #8
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Just a suggestion , hang onto that class B , It's a different ball game
these days to get a CDL , it really is a pain ( at least to me it is ) I got
my class A back in 79 , all I had to do was get a waiver from the
company , take that to the DOL , take the written and that was it , I was
on the road , to this day I regret having surrendered my CDL just because
I got sick and tired of the BS that came along with running older equipment
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Just a suggestion , hang onto that class B , It's a different ball game
these days to get a CDL , it really is a pain ( at least to me it is ) I got
my class A back in 79 , all I had to do was get a waiver from the
company , take that to the DOL , take the written and that was it , I was
on the road , to this day I regret having surrendered my CDL just because
I got sick and tired of the BS that came along with running older equipment
Yeah, I got "Grandfathered in with the old WA. state Combination endorsement. But the costs of the Med exams and eye exams and the additional cost of the license alone was enough to say stuff it when I was paying other guys to drive the stuff anyway.

Creeper cops looking for problems with the trucks were another turn off. I kept the trucks tip top, but they can hold you up for an hour or so making sure.
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Let my CDL lapse back in '94. Kinda regretted it for awhile but like you say, if its not helping to pay the bills, why keep it. I can still drive anything that has a steering wheel/joy stick/foot peddle control, whatever. Hell I've got 2 hours in the seat of a 300ft. Potain tower crane...same shit, different day.
When I run a crane... I wanna look up, not down. Homey don't do heights.
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Old September 14, 2018, 20:56   #12
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Blondzilla drove a school bus in IN for 15+ years before we moved to KY and she "retired" in 2007.

She does still keep her license and physicals up every year, "just in case".
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Old September 14, 2018, 21:35   #13
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Creeper cops looking for problems with the trucks were another turn off. I kept the trucks tip top, but they can hold you up for an hour or so making sure.[/QUOTE]

Bingo ! when I lived on the coast , Bellingham to Sedro Woolley was a regular
run , Bow Hill Scales ( south bound ) is a port of entry , seems like all the new
SP people were trained there ..... , need I say more ?
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Old September 15, 2018, 20:01   #14
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Yeah I got Grandfathered in also I took every test they offered even Hazmat told the cop I didn't need most of the endorsements but he said it doesn't cost you anymore to do it all and as long as you pass main crap like airbrakes & stuff it won't hurt you if you don't pass hazmat,triples,doubles and so on so I took it all and to my surprise I passed all of it. I keep away from the permanent scales but I can't seem to keep away from the Portables.

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