This endorsement is required to haul any liquid or gaseous materials in a tank or tanks having a capacity of 1,000 gallons or more that is either permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle or chassis. To receive this endorsement, applicants must pass a test. The test consists of 20 multiple choice questions. Each question has four possible answer choices. To pass, the applicant must answer at least 16 questions correctly. Test questions come from the Commercial Driver License Manual. Questions come from chapters covering: Driving Safely, Tank Vehicles, Hazardous Materials and Combination Vehicles. The Tank endorsement can be used with the Class A, B or C CDL.
1. After a trip:
After a trip, you may be required to perform an inspection and file a report on each vehicle that you've driven.
2. Due to the risk of liquid surge in tanks, you should:
Be aware of the risk of liquid surge when driving tanks transporting liquid cargo. To prevent the negative affects of surge on your driving, you should start, slow, and stop very smoothly.
3. After finishing a pre-trip inspection, you should:
Before a trip, you should ensure that air reaches all air brakes on all trailers by opening up the rear emergency line and service line shut-off valves to listen for escaping air. Close both shut-off valves before beginning to drive.
4. When a construction worker is close to the road, you should:
In construction zones, do not exceed the posted safe sped limit. Slow down even more when workers are near the roadway.
To improve visibility, you should use high beam headlights at night where it is safe and legal to do so. However, the glare from high beam lights can blind other drivers. You should dim your lights to their low beam setting when driving within 500 feet of an approaching vehicle.
6. When driving, your mirrors should:
It is important for you to be aware of your surroundings at all times. To do this, regularly check your mirrors.
7. During a pre-trip inspection, belts in the engine compartment should be:
During a pre-trip inspection, belts in the engine compartment should be checked for tightness and excessive wear.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Meet the eligibility requirements: You must hold a valid Massachusetts CDL with the appropriate class and endorsements for the vehicle you will be driving.
2. Study the Tanker endorsement manual: You can obtain a free copy of the Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s Manual from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) or download it from their website. Study the Tanker endorsement section carefully.
3. Take and pass the Tanker endorsement knowledge test: Schedule an appointment at your local RMV office to take the Tanker endorsement knowledge test. You must answer at least 80% of the questions correctly to pass.
4. Pay the required fee: The Tanker endorsement fee is $30 and is in addition to any other CDL fees you may owe.
5. Obtain your new CDL with Tanker endorsement: After passing the knowledge test and paying the required fee, you will be issued a new CDL with the Tanker endorsement.
Note that you may also need to take a skills test in a vehicle with a tank if you have not already done so for your CDL. Check with your local RMV office for more information on scheduling a skills test.
1. Be at least 21 years old: To operate a commercial vehicle across state lines or to transport hazardous materials, you must be at least 21 years old.
2. Hold a valid CDL: You must hold a valid Massachusetts CDL with the appropriate class for the vehicle you will be driving.
3. Pass the Tanker endorsement knowledge test: You must pass the Tanker endorsement knowledge test to obtain a Tanker endorsement on your CDL.
4. Meet the medical requirements: You must meet the federal medical requirements for commercial drivers. This includes passing a physical examination and carrying a valid medical examiner's certificate.
5. Submit to a background check: You must submit to a background check as part of the application process. This includes providing fingerprints and other information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
6. Provide proof of residency and citizenship: You must provide proof of residency and citizenship or lawful permanent residency in the United States.
7. Pay the required fees: There are fees associated with obtaining a CDL Tank license, including the Tanker endorsement fee, skills test fee (if applicable), and any other CDL fees.
Note that additional requirements may apply if you will be transporting hazardous materials or if you are driving across state lines. Check with your local RMV office for more information on specific requirements for obtaining a CDL Tank license in Massachusetts.
Additionally, some employers may require you to complete a training program or have experience driving tank vehicles before operating one on the job. The training program must meet the standards set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for entry-level drivers.
The FMCSA also requires that drivers transporting hazardous materials receive additional specialized training and pass a hazardous materials endorsement knowledge test before they can transport hazardous materials. If you plan to transport hazardous materials in a tank vehicle, you must also obtain a Hazardous Materials (H) endorsement in addition to your Tanker endorsement.
Overall, while there are no specific training or experience requirements to obtain a CDL Tank endorsement in Massachusetts, it is important that you receive proper training and have experience driving tank vehicles before operating one on the road.
1. Inspecting and driving tank vehicles
2. Controlling tank vehicle surge and slosh
3. Loading and unloading tank vehicles
4. Hazardous materials rules and regulations
The Tanker endorsement knowledge test consists of 20 multiple-choice questions, and you must answer at least 16 correctly to pass. You can study for the Tanker endorsement knowledge test by reviewing the Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s Manual and the Tanker Vehicles section.
If you also plan to transport hazardous materials in a tank vehicle, you must pass an additional Hazardous Materials (H) endorsement knowledge test. The H endorsement knowledge test covers proper handling and transportation of hazardous materials, including labeling, placarding, and emergency response procedures.
In addition to passing the Tanker endorsement knowledge test, you may also need to pass a skills test to demonstrate your ability to safely operate a tank vehicle. The skills test includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
Overall, obtaining a CDL Tank endorsement requires passing the Tanker endorsement knowledge test and possibly a skills test if required by your employer or for certain types of tank vehicles.
1. Tanker Vehicle Inspection: This section covers the inspection of tank vehicles, including checking for leaks, proper loading and unloading, and proper tank venting.
2. Tanker Vehicle Driving: This section covers the safe operation of tank vehicles, including controlling surge and slosh, proper braking techniques, and maintaining safe speeds.
3. Hazardous Materials: This section covers the rules and regulations for transporting hazardous materials in tank vehicles, including labeling, placarding, and emergency response procedures.
4. Loading and Unloading: This section covers procedures for loading and unloading tank vehicles safely, including proper grounding procedures and preventing spills.
5. Emergency Situations: This section covers what to do in case of an emergency situation while transporting hazardous materials in a tank vehicle.
The Tanker endorsement written test consists of 20 multiple-choice questions, and you must answer at least 16 correctly to pass. It is important to study the Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s Manual and the Tanker Vehicles section thoroughly to prepare for the Tanker endorsement written test.
During the pre-trip inspection, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge of the parts and systems of a tank vehicle and check for any defects or safety hazards. You will need to inspect the tank, pump system, hoses, valves, emergency equipment, and other components of the tank vehicle.
During the basic vehicle control portion of the skills test, you will need to demonstrate your ability to safely maneuver a tank vehicle in tight spaces. You may be asked to back up into an alley or dock or make a tight turn around cones.
During the on-road driving portion of the skills test, you will need to demonstrate your ability to safely operate a tank vehicle on public roads. You will be evaluated on your ability to signal properly, change lanes safely, merge with traffic, and maintain appropriate speeds and distances.
It is important to note that specific skills and maneuvers may vary depending on the type of tank vehicle being operated. It is recommended that you practice with the specific type of tank vehicle you will be driving before taking the Tanker endorsement skills test.
Additionally, drivers with a CDL Tank endorsement must comply with all federal and state regulations related to the transportation of hazardous materials. This includes proper labeling and placarding of the vehicle, proper handling and storage of hazardous materials, and following emergency response procedures in case of an accident or spill.
It is important to note that the Tanker endorsement may also have specific endorsements or certifications required for certain types of tanks or hazardous materials. For example, you may need an additional endorsement for transporting liquid petroleum gas (LPG) or other flammable materials.
Ensure you are familiar with all the rules and regulations before operating a tank vehicle to avoid any violations or penalties.
However, if the materials you are transporting do not meet these criteria, you may not need a CDL Tank endorsement. You should check with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to determine if any additional endorsements or certifications are required for the specific materials you are transporting.
It is important to note that any driver transporting hazardous materials must comply with all federal and state regulations related to the transportation of hazardous materials, regardless of whether they have a CDL Tank endorsement or not. This includes proper labeling and placarding of the vehicle, proper handling and storage of hazardous materials, and following emergency response procedures in case of an accident or spill.
Failure to comply with these regulations can result in significant penalties and fines.
To apply for a CDL Tank endorsement, you will need to:
1. Complete a CDL Tank endorsement application form.
2. Pass a written exam that covers topics related to the transportation of hazardous materials.
3. Meet any additional requirements or certifications that are required for the specific type of tank or hazardous material you will be transporting.
4. Pay any required fees.
Once you have met all the requirements and have been approved for the CDL Tank endorsement, your updated license with the endorsement will be issued.
It is important to note that any endorsements or certifications added to your CDL license may also require additional training or testing. Be sure to check with your employer and/or state licensing agency to determine if any additional requirements apply.
Some of the specific requirements and regulations for handling hazardous materials with a CDL Tank endorsement include:
1. Proper labeling and placarding of the vehicle: Any vehicle transporting hazardous materials must display proper labels and placards indicating the type of hazardous material being transported.
2. Proper handling and storage of hazardous materials: All hazardous materials must be properly secured and stored to prevent spills or leaks.
3. Compliance with emergency response procedures: In the event of an accident or spill, drivers must follow established emergency response procedures to minimize risk to themselves and others.
4. Specialized training: Drivers with a CDL Tank endorsement are required to complete specialized training related to the transportation of hazardous materials.
5. Regular inspections and maintenance of tanks: Tanks used to transport hazardous materials must be regularly inspected and maintained to ensure they are in proper working condition.
It is important to note that failure to comply with these regulations can result in significant penalties, fines, or even criminal charges. Therefore, it is critical for drivers with a CDL Tank endorsement to fully understand and comply with all applicable regulations related to the transportation of hazardous materials.