All about the Commercial truck AZ licence
Truck driving is a great career option if you love to drive and visit and experience new places. Trucking allows you to do long hauls across the country (and sometimes to other countries too) and get fair paid for it. You could also choose to do local shorter routes. Working for a trucking company is one option, but if you are a bit more entrepreneurial, you can even start your own business and be an owner operator.
But before you can realise your dreams of a career in trucking, you need to have a truck driving licence in hand. This is not the usual run-of-the-mill driving licence you get for passenger vehicles (the Class G licence), but a licence that allows you to drive trucks (either Class D or Class A). This link will help you with the different driving licences in Ontario (Ontario Driving Licences). Before you can obtain your licence you will also need to practice at a truck driving training center like the new way truck driving school Mississauga, ON.
The Class A licence will allow you to drive any tractor-trailer or a blend of motor and towed vehicles, where the towed vehicles surpass a total gross weight of 4,600 kilograms. But this is a ‘Class A with condition R’ restricted licence that will not allow you to drive trucks with air brakes - air brakes are common on most trucks. To enable you to drive trucks with air brakes you will need to get a full Class A licence with Z-endorsement, referred to as an AZ Licence. With an AZ Licence you can also drive vehicles in the Class ‘G’, ‘D’, and ‘A with condition R’ categories.
So how do you get a Class AZ licence in Ontario?The requirements to get a Full Class AZ licence in Ontario are as follows:
- You must be 18 years or older
- You must hold a valid Ontario licence other than G1, G2, M, M1 or M2
- You must pass a vision test
- You must get a valid medical report
- You must pass a knowledge test related to operating large trucks and tractor-trailers
- You must complete a mandatory entry level training course
- You must pass a road test using a vehicle that meets the requirements for a full Class A. This includes:
- A trailer with a Manufacturer’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (MGVWR) of at least 4,600 kg.
- A full air brake system on both the truck/ tractor and trailer.
- If your vehicle does not meet requirements for a full Class A you may either:
take your road test with the understanding that you will receive a restricted Class A licence (condition R), not a full Class A licence
Eye TestYou must take the vision test at the Drive Test centre. If you do not pass this test, you need make an appointment with an optometrist. A copy of the vision exam form is available at a Drive Test centre or online on the MTO website.
Medical TestA latest medical report is required every 5 years if you are 46 years old or less; every 3 years if you are between 46 and 64 years old; and every year if you are over 65 years old. You must complete the medical examination form and book an appointment with a physician or a nurse practitioner.
Knowledge TestThe knowledge test is a multiple choice test based on the content material in the Ministry of Transportation handbook. It is split into 3 sections. You have to get more than 80% marks to pass the test. Learn more about the test here.
Entry Level Training CoursesThe New Way Truck Driving school in Mississauga can help you with your mandatory truck training course. They are an approved training provider recognized by the province of Ontario. The Ministry of Transportation requires a minimum of 103.5 hours of training for a full Class A licence.
Booking a Road TestA road test can be booked online or at a Drive Test centre. The first half of the road test is an inspection of your truck and in the second half your examiner will ask you to perform certain driving tasks. Upon satisfactory completion of the test you will get a temporary 90 day AZ licence.
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