Commercial Driving Test: What You Need to Know

Preparing to drive a commercial vehicle is like preparing to drive any other car: you’ll need to take a driving test. This process can be simple with enough practice and an understanding of how licensing works. Just follow our tips below: 

Choose the Right License

The ICBC – which provides auto insurance, driver licensing, and vehicle registration to drivers in British Columbia – offers different types of commercial licenses. Review the classes and select one based on the vehicle you would like to drive.

  • Class 1: Used for semi-trailer trucks and all other vehicles in classes 1 through 5
  • Class 3: Used for trucks with more than 2 axles
  • Class 4 (unrestricted): Used for taxis, limousines, ambulances, buses with a maximum seating capacity of 25 people, and any vehicle in Class 5
  • Class 4 (restricted): Used for taxis, limousines, special vehicles with a maximum seating capacity of 10 people, and any vehicle in Class 5
  • Class 5: Used by daily commuters in cars, light trucks, and 2-axle vehicles


Pass the Knowledge Test
Before you can get behind the wheel, you need to pass the commercial knowledge test and possibly an air brake knowledge test. You can prepare by studying the Driving Commercial Vehicles Guide.


Keep in mind that you need to have a Class 5 or 6 driver’s license or the equivalent, plus a driving record with four or fewer penalty point incidents in the past two years, in order to be considered for a commercial license.


Take the Road Test
With your learner’s permit, you can start practicing with a qualified passenger supervising. Consider taking a driver training course from North Shore Driving School Ltd. We offer specialized training for each class, individual lessons, and air brake courses.


Once you are prepared, your test will have 2 or 3 components:

  • Pre-trip inspection test: You will perform an inspection of the vehicle in front of the examiner and explain what you are doing. Some classes also require a written trip-inspection report.
  • Pre-trip air brake test (if applicable): If you need to use air brakes with your vehicle, be sure to bring the right equipment to adjust the brakes beforehand.
  • Road test: Finally, you’ll be able to demonstrate your skills, including starting, stopping, shifting gears, turning, backing up, parking, getting on and off the highways, and driving with traffic.


At North Shore Driving School Ltd., we’d love to help you on your way to driving a commercial vehicle. Contact us at 604-299-9292 to learn more about our truck driving school located in Burnaby,serving Coquitlam, Richmond, Abbotsford and surrounding areas.

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