(a) Any applicant for a commercial driver's license who does not successfully complete
the air-brake component of the knowledge test, or who does not successfully complete
the driving-skill test in a vehicle or combination of vehicles equipped with air brakes,
shall, if otherwise qualified, receive a commercial driver's license that restricts
the licenseholder from operating a commercial motor vehicle equipped with air brakes.
(b) To remove the restriction described in subdivision (a) from a commercial driver's
license, the driver is required to make a new application for a commercial driver's
license, and, in addition to any other requirements specified in this code, to successfully
complete the air-brake component of the knowledge test prescribed by the department,
and to pass the driver-skill test in a vehicle or combination of vehicles equipped
with air brakes.
(c) For the purposes of the driving-skill test and the restriction described in this
section, air brakes shall include any braking system operating fully or partially
on the air-brake principle.
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