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What does Code B mean on a car?

What does Code B mean on a car?

The state of Texas may place restrictions on your license to make sure the roads are safe for everyone – including you. Motor vehicles always have the potential to be dangerous, and if the DPS identifies you as posing a unique risk in the kind of driving you do, they may decide that your license should be restricted.

Not to worry, though – most restrictions codes in texas are temporary and can be lifted if you follow the appropriate steps. In addition, they often apply to only a narrow range of the driving a license holder does, so they don’t generally affect the average commuter. Many apply only to commercial drivers.

The most common type of license restriction in the state of Texas is aimed at young drivers. It’s part of the graduated licensing program designed to reduce teen driving fatalities – the leading cause of death in that age group. Given the danger, Texas law singles out young drivers for a class B restriction.

Provisional licenses have many of the same conditions as the class B, although they are lifted automatically after a year. This means that new drivers must observe a curfew (no driving between midnight and 5 a.m.), they can’t carry more than one passenger under the age of 21 unless it’s an immediate family member, and they cannot use cellphones in any capacity while driving.

Restriction Codes Are as Follows:

  1. A: With corrective lenses
  2. B: A licensed driver 21 years of age or older must be in the front seat
  3. C: Daytime only
  4. D: Not to exceed 45 MPH
  5. E: No expressway driving
  6. F: Must hold valid learners permit until (date)
  7. I M/C: Not to exceed 250 cc
  8. J: Licensed M/C Operator age 21 or over in sight
  9. K: Moped
  10. L: Vehicle w/o air breaks – applies to vehicles requiring CDL
  11. M: CDL Intrastate Commerce only
  12. N: Ignition interlock required
  13. O: Occupational license
  14. P: Stated on License
  15. Q: Licensed Operator in Front Seat (LOFS) 21 or over vehicle above Class B
  16. R: LOFS 21 or over vehicle above Class C
  17. S: Outside mirror or hearing aid
  18. T: Automatic transmission
  19. U: Applicable prosthetic devices
  20. V: Applicable vehicle devices
  21. W: Power steering
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How to Remove Restrictions from Your Drivers License

Each category of restriction has its own set of conditions for removal. The youth condition can only be satisfied by the passage of time, and people with permanent disabilities will have to adjust to a restricted license. But others can satisfy the conditions with a little effort and some paperwork.

Restriction T, for example – which requires an automatic transmission – can be lifted if the driver passes the Texas drivers test with proper use of the clutch. Similarly, if older drivers are able to hone their skills with a drivers ed course, they may be able to remove restrictions such as D or E from their licenses by passing the test and becoming re-authorized by the DPS.

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What does Code B mean on a car?

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Diagnostic Trouble Codes explained

Learn everything about Diagnostic Trouble Codes

Diagnostic Trouble Codes or OBD2 Trouble Codes are codes that the car’s OBD system uses to notify you about an issue. Each code corresponds to a fault detected in the car. When the vehicle detects an issue, it will activate the corresponding trouble code.

A vehicle stores the trouble code in it’s memory when it detects a component or system that’s not operating within acceptable limits. The code will help you to identify and fix the issue within the car.

Each trouble code consists of one letter and four digits, such as P1234. This blog post will teach you how to interpret the meaning of the codes.

Format of the OBD2 Trouble Codes

System or Category

The OBD2 Trouble Codes are categorised into four different systems.

  • Body (B-codes) category covers functions that are, generally, inside of the passenger compartment. These functions provide the driver with assistance, comfort, convenience, and safety.
  • Chassis (C-codes) category covers functions that are, generally, outside of the passenger compartment. These functions typically include mechanical systems such as brakes, steering and suspension.
  • Powertrain (P-codes) category covers functions that include engine, transmission and associated drivetrain accessories.
  • Network & Vehicle Integration (U-codes) category covers functions that are shared among computers and systems on the vehicle.
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The first letter of the code will mark the system related to the trouble code.

Generic and manufacturer specific codes

The first digit in the code will tell you if the code is a generic or manufacturer specific code.

Codes starting with as the first digit are generic or global codes. It means that they are adopted by all cars that follow the OBD2 standard. These codes are common enough across most manufacturers so that a common code and fault message could be assigned.

Codes starting with 1 as the first digit are manufacturer specific or enhanced codes. It means that these codes are unique to a specific car make or model. These fault codes will not be used generally by a majority of the manufacturers.

The first digit might be also 2 or 3. In this case the type depends on the system. B2xxx and C2xxx codes are manufacturer controlled while B3xxx and C3xxx codes are reserved at the moment. P2xxx codes are generic codes while P3xxx codes are manufacturer controlled. U2xxx codes are manufacturer controller as well as U3xxx codes.

Subsystem or functional area

Previously, the second digit defined the sub-system of the codes. However, the latest document defining the diagnostic trouble codes (J2012 revised in 2016-12) had some changes to this.

According to the document, as the DTC usage has increased with the introduction of new technology to vehicle systems, it was necessary to remove the grouping of DTCs into functional areas.

Fault description

The last two or nowadays three digits define the actual fault description. These numbers will tell the particular problem and each code is defined separately. There’s no formula to decode these codes automatically.

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Luckily, OBD Auto Doctor software contains the fault description for over 18 000 diagnostic trouble codes.

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There’s no need to memorize the format of the codes because you can read the codes with the free version of the OBD Auto Doctor car diagnostic software.

If your car has the Check Engine Light on, it means that the vehicle has one or more confirmed OBDII trouble codes active. To learn

  • What to do when the malfunction indicator light illuminates, read this article.
  • How to read and clear the diagnostic trouble codes and the check engine light, read this article.
  • How to get more detailed info about the issue, read this article.

Editor’s note: This tutorial has been updated in March 2020 for accuracy and the latest information.

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LTO is changing Driver’s License restriction codes

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LTO to implement new, more stringent codes for license holders Reader April 8, 2020 — 1:56 PM

Since its inception, the driver’s license (DL) and its restriction codes have been fairly straight forward. If you want to drive a motorcycle, you must have Restriction Code 1 on your driver’s license. If you want to drive a car, you must have DL Code 2 on your driver’s license. If you want to drive both, you need both Restriction Codes 1 and 2.

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Now, it seems like the Land Transportation Office (LTO) plans to overhaul driver’s license (DL) restriction codes completely.

We received a photo from a reader that shows a new prototype driver’s license with the LTO’s new driver’s license codes (DL Codes) which will replace the Restriction code. The new system now adds sub-levels to some Restrictions.

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Restriction codes will now be listed in the back, on the same line as the kind of vehicles you’re allowed to drive.

As such, to know what you can drive, simply look for the alphanumeric codes on the right side.

New Codes

With the old system, a license with DL Code 1 could drive either a motorcycle or a tricycle. Under the new DL Codes system, motorcycles are classified as A, while tricycles are classified A1. There are even more vehicle categories under that, which indicate the types of motorcycles each DL code holder is allowed to drive (e.g., L1, L2, L3, AT, MT).

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LTO is changing Driver

These new vehicle categories should cover many of the new kinds of motorcycles and tricycles that are now available in the country and should clear up any confusion as to what kind of DL Code and type of license is required to operate them on public roads. These include new models with a symmetrical three-wheel layout like the Bajaj RE, Yamaha Tricity, and even Can Am Spyder.

With the old system, a restriction code 2 allows the license holder to drive almost any passenger car up to 4500-kilograms gross vehicle weight (GVW) limit. The old 2 code is now replaced with B and B1, upgrading the limit to 5000 kilograms GVW. B restricts the license holder to drive cars with up 8 seats. B1 is for cars with 9 or more seats.

For vehicles carrying goods, the driver’s license must DL code B2 (less than or equal to 3500 kg GVW) and/or C (more than 3500 kg GVW). Those that drive buses that weigh over 5000 kilos GVW and have more than 9 seats are restricted to D. As for trailer trucks and articulated vehicles, they are now classified under ‘BE’ and ‘CE’ accordingly.

New Conditions

Besides the codes, there are also conditions, which drivers with certain impairments or disabilities must meet at all times when driving. The LTO has made some adjustments to these as well. These conditions, formerly letters, are now numbers. Condition A, now 1, which requires eyeglasses has been updated to corrective lenses, which means holders of this condition can drive while wearing contact lenses.

With the old system, those with upper limb disabilities had to drive with condition B, while those with lower limb disabilities had to drive with condition C. Now, they have both been merged into condition 2.

A new condition, 3, requires that a license holder drive a customized vehicle. This likely refers to a vehicle modified to compensate for a license holder’s unique impairments not listed in 1,2, 4, or 5.

Daylight driving is now condition 4. The hearing impaired (condition 5) no longer need to be accompanied by a person with normal hearing. They must just wear a hearing aid.

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LTO is changing Driver

These are examples of how these DL Codes should look like. You’ll find this listed under «DL Codes» on the front of the license. Conditions (if any) are listed right beside it.

Non-Pro, can drive automatic motorcycles only :

A: L1,L2,L3-NP-AT

Non-Pro, can drive both light passenger cars (8 seats or less) AND motorcycles with manual :

A: L1,L2,L3-NP-AT

B: M1,M2,N1-NP-MT

Pro, can drive light trucks (4-wheels) with manual only :

B: B2-N1-PL-MT

Non-Pro, can drive both automatic light passenger cars AND manual motorcycles, but need a hearing aid:

A: L1,L2,L3-NP-AT, 5

B: M1,M2,N1-NP-MT, 5

Non-Pro, can drive automatic motorcycles only , but need corrective lenses:

A: L1,L2,L3-NP-AT, 1

Pro, can drive manual tricycles only , but need corrective lenses:

A1: L4-PL-MT, 1

Pro, can drive a manual symmetrical tricycle / three-wheeler (e.g. Bajaj RE, Piaggio Ape) only :

A1: L5-PL-MT

We’ve confirmed this with LTO Executive, Director Romeo Vera Cruz, who said they were going to issue a memorandum on this. Those who have applied for a license starting March 5 have already received these new licenses.

These new sets of codes and conditions should be more specific and clear to both license holders and enforcers. Perhaps not easier to understand, but definitely more specific when it comes to restrictions. Thankfully, the updated conditions also take into account new technology, leaving less room for enterprising law enforcement officers to take advantage of drivers and outdated laws.

These are certainly a sign that the LTO wants to strictly categorize what driver’s license holders can drive. Combined with the LTO’s plan to require seminars for new applicants/existing license holders, the more stringent process should address the grave lack of skill and knowledge of drivers plaguing the country.

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