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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, June 20, 2012 5B DMV cli00rifies the different types of licenses The California Depart- ment of Motor.Vehicles (DMV) offers many different types (classes) of driver li- censes. Each license allows the driver to tow objects up to a certain weight and drive different vehicles. It can be overwhelming to know which license you need to apply for if you are planning On purchasing a new vehicle or embarking on a new dri- ving career. Below is a de- scription of a few of the dif- ferent types of licenses and the responsibilities attached to them. Standard driver license Class C driver license: This is the basic driver li- cense motorists receive after passing the written and be- hind-the-wheel driving test. Drivers with this license are able to tow objects up to 10,000 pounds and are able to drive the following vehicles: --Two-axle vehicle weighing up to 26,000 pounds. --Three-axle vehicle weigh- ing up to 6,000 pounds. --A motor home 40 feet or shorter. --Three-wheel motorcycle with two wheels located in the front or back. --Large passenger vans that carry a maximum of 10 - 15 people, including the driver. Non-commercial license Class A: A driver with a class A license is able to drive the same standard vehicles that those with a class C li- cense; however, the driver can tow more than 10,000 pounds. Class B: A driver with a class B license is able to drive the same standard vehicles that those with class A and C licenses drive; however, the driver can also drive a motor home that is more than 40 feet long. Motorcycle license Class M1 or M2 can be added to any. other license class after the driver passes law and skill tests. M1 license: Drivers with an M1 license are able to dri- ve two-wheel motorcycles, motor-driven cycles or motor- ized scooters. M2 license': Drivers with an M2 license are able to dri- ve a motorized bicycle, moped, scooter or any bicycle with an attached motor. Commercial license Drivers that operate com- mercial vehicles require spe- cial licenses and, at times, en- dorsements or certification as well. Each license requires successfully passing a differ- ent written test: Commercial class C: Dri- vers with a commercial class C license can drive any class C vehicle carrying hazardous materials. The hazardous ma- terials (hazmat) endorsement must be displayed on the li- cense. Commercial class B: Dri- vers with a commercial class B license are able to drive the same vehicles as those with a class C license, along with ve- hicles that we.igh more than 26,000 pounds. These drivers are also permitted to drive farm labor vehicles as long a they obtain the proper en- dorsement. The towing capa- bilities of those with a com- mercial class B license LIVING WITH FIRI: Farm Service calls for nominations Farmer and rancher candi- date nominations begin June 15 for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county commit- tees. The nomination period continues through Aug. 1, with elections taking place this fall, announced Chris Lauppe, director for the Lassen/Plumas/Sierra Coun- ty FSA office. County committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. FSA county committee mem- bers make decisions on disas- ter and conservation pro- grams, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other im- portant agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program ad- ministered by FSA, be eligi- ble to vote in a county com- mittee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate. Producers may also nominate themselves, and organizations repre- senting minorities and women may also nominate candidates. To become a nominee, eligible individu- als must sign form FSA- 669A, available from local FSA offices or online at This year's election will be for a member and two alter- nates from each of the three following areas: Plumas County, Sierra County and Lassen County west of High- way 139. For more information or to request a nomination form, contact the Farm Service Agency office at 170-C Russell Ave. in Susanville, or phone 257-4127, ext. 104. Janesville Grade to get new cattle guard The painted cattle guard at the top of Janesville Grade (County Road 208) will be re- placed with a steel cattle guard during the weeks of June 18 to June 29. Work will alternate from one side of the road to the other, allowing a lane to remain open. It will take about one week to complete the necessary work on each lane. Although they are not expected, there may be short delays while equipment is repositioned or another unan- ticipated need arises. Residents and visitors are asked to drive slowly through the project area. For more in- formation or assistance with special needs, call the Beck- wourth Ranger District at 836-2575. Subscribe, call: 283-0800 257-5321 284-7800 258-3115 832-4646 PETER M. TALIA Attorney at Law 257-5199 Mediated Civil Dispute Resolution Estate Planning and Probate Business Planning and Real Estate How's your spa? Calcium, Ph and Alkalinity OK? Tues-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm Sat lOam-4pm Closed Sun & Mon 2019 East Main St., II Quiu00 II 283-2929 JJ Susanville Gentle, effective family dentistry Emily S. Herndon, DDS Loma Linda University School of Dentistry honors graduate Crowns in one day Safe, proven IV sedation Latest technology reduces discomfort, improves aesthetics New patients, children & emergencies welcome (530) 283-1119 call today for a consultation 431 W. Main St., Quincy 11  If you want to send a letter to the editor or a press release, please send it here: includes the same vehicles that can be towed as a class C driver as well as any vehicle up to 10,000 pounds, Commercial class A: Drivers with a commercial class A license can drive any legal vehicle. They can tow the same vehicles as those with a class B and C li- cense, as well as any single vehicle that weighs more than 10,000 pounds. Addi- tionally, commercial class A drivers can tow multiple ve- hicles or trailer buses as long as they obtain an en- dorsement. Depending on the type of vehicle they drive, and what is being transported in the vehicle, the driver may need certification or an endorse- ment along with the special li- cense. A certificate is issued as a separate document while an endorsement is marked di- rectly on the driver license. Below are certificate and endorsements that are of- feted by the DMV: Commercial endorsements: --Doubles/triples trailer towing. --Hazardous materials. --Passenger transportation. --Tank vehicles. --Firefighter endorsement. --School bus endorsement. --Ambulance driver certifi- cate. --Tow truck driver certifi- cate. --Verification of transit train- ing certificate. Detailed information on dri- ver license types and endorse- ments can be found in the Cali- fornia Commercial Driver Handbook, Recreational Vehi- cles and Trailers Handbook, Ambulance Drivers Hand- book, California Parent-Teen Training "Guide, and Califor- nia Motorcycle Handbook. Vis- it to find online versions of these handbooks. Democrats to mee00 The Plumas County De- mocratic Central Commit- tee will hold its June meet- ing Thursday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Plumas County Library conference room in Quincy. On the agenda will be plans for the upcoming gen- eral election. Members of the public are welcome (and encour- aged) to attend meetings of the local Democratic Party. UNCLUTTER THE GUTTER Be Ember Aware: Weekly informational tips I to help homeowners reduce the risk of I losing their home during a wildfire. Need some motivation to get out that ladder and clean the gutters? How about protecting your home from wildfire? Rain gutters at- tached to the edge of your roof are the perfect contraptions for catching embers during wildfire. Burning embers can land in the gutters and if they are filled with dried leaves, 1Sine needles, and twigs, a fire can start and possibly ignite the roof, roof sheathing, and fascia. Even houses with fire rated roofs are vulnerable to this type of ember attack. Rain gutters made of vinyl will melt and drop into flower beds, igniting plants next to the house and maybe even combustible siding. To keepyour home safe, we suggest that you: Photo credit University of California Remove all dried leaves, pine needles or other materials'from Cooperative Extension your rain gutters before fire seasQn. Over the winter, debris often accumulates in them. Keep your ladder handy and check your rain gutters throughout the fire season, cleaning them out as neces- sary. If a wildfire is approaching and there is no time to clean out the debris, plug the rain gutter down spout with a tennis ball, or something similar so that the down spout will be plugged, and fill the rain gutter with water. @ Watch this paper each week for tips to help you prepare and survive wildfire season For more information on protecting your home from wildfire contact the Plumas Firesafe Council or your local fire department. 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