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What is Manual Restriction on CDL – E Restriction

Manual E Restriction on a CDL prohibits the driver from operating a vehicle with manual transmission.
This happens if the skills portion of the test, also known as the road test was performed in a vehicle with an automatic transmission.
The E restriction can be lifted.

How to Remove Manual Restriction on CDL – Lifting the E Restriction

The good news is that the Manual Restriction on CDL can be removed. To do so, the driver must pass a skills test using a manual transmission vehicle.
This involves demonstrating proficiency in tasks such as shifting gears, starting and stopping smoothly, and handling the vehicle safely under various driving conditions.

Remove Automatic Restriction Off Your CDL by Following These 4 Steps

1. Purchase a Learners Permit at your local DMV.

You need a permit even if you are a CDL holder. The reason is that now you are learning how to drive a manual.
Make it clear to the DMV that you need a permit to lift your CDL Automatic Transmission Restriction. Pay the fee.

2. Learn how to drive a stick shift.

You will need to invest time and effort in learning how to drive a stick shift without stalling the truck as it will automatically fail your test.
Also if you coast the vehicle for the length of the vehicle itself about 30-45 feet, you fail the test.
Coasting means having your foot on the clutch and not being able to find the gear.
For this step, it is a good idea to find a school that will help you in the process.

3. Schedule and Pass the Test 

When you get the hang of driving the manual transmission and feel comfortable enough, schedule your test. 
Either through your driving school or a CDL test facility near you.

4. Remove Restriction off your CDL

Now that the harder part is over, head down to your local DMV and get the E restriction removed off your CDL. 

Important Loophole to Take Advantage off

If you are a CDL class A holder and your only goal is to remove the manual restriction of your license, complete the road test in either a Class B vehicle or just by driving a bobtail meaning just a semi without a trailer.

Since you already have a  Class A license you’ve demonstrated the ability to operate a tractor-trailer, now you are going for the manual transmission.
Another great thing is you only need to complete the 3rd part of your test which is the road portion and not the complete test.

How Much Does it Cost To Remove E Restriction

Depending on the state and if you get professional training, it will cost you anywhere between $450 to $3000 to remove the manual restriction.
Test cost around $450 depending on state and testing site and training can run from $2000-$3000.

Effects of E Restriction on CDL

Given that many commercial vehicles, particularly older models, still have manual transmissions, this can limit a driver’s job prospects.
Some employers may require their drivers to be able to operate both manual and automatic transmission vehicles to provide flexibility in vehicle assignment.
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Moreover, certain situations may warrant the use of a manual transmission vehicle, like driving in hilly or mountainous terrains, where manual gear shifting can provide better control.

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The Bottom Line

Automatic and manual transmissions are very different in their operation. While automatic transmissions shift gears on their own as the vehicle moves, manual transmissions require the driver to manually change gears.

While it may limit some job opportunities, you will still be able to find employment, especially in the over-the-road segment of our industry. Most trucking companies update fleet vehicles often which leads to more automatic trucks being available.
Learn more about CDL restrictions here.

We want to thank Jonathan from the Driving Academy for sharing his knowledge about the loophole that makes the process a lot easier. 
Thank you Johnatan!
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External Links

Illinois Secretary of State – CDL and E restriction – click here.

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One Reply to “E Restriction – Manual Restriction on CDL & How To Remove It”

  1. Paddy T Paddy T says:

    Any good training schools in Fl?

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