Truck Licence Classes

 

Drive safely at all times

With 246,000+ people employed within the Australian trucking industry, no minimal standards exist for hiring truck drivers other than a good driving record and an appropriate truck licences.

 

LIGHT RIGID (LR Licence)

  • Any motor vehicle more than 4.5 tonnes GVM but no more than 8 tonnes GVM.
  • Any towed trailer must not weigh more than 9 tonnes GVM.
  • Also includes any vehicle with a GVM of no more than 8 tonnes which carries more than 12 adults including the driver.
  • Also includes vehicles in Class C.

MEDIUM RIGID (MR Licence)

  • Any motor vehicle with two axles and more than 8 tonnes GVM.
  • Any towed trailer must not weigh more than 9 tonnes GVM.
  • Also includes vehicles in Class LR.

*To upgrade to this class you must have held a Class C licence (not a learner) for at least one year.

HEAVY RIGID (HR Licence)

  • Any rigid vehicle with three or more axles and a GVM of more than 8 tonnes.
  • Any towed trailer must not weigh more than 9 tonnes GVM.
  • Also includes articulated buses and vehicles in Class MR.

*To upgrade to this class you must have held a Class C, LR or MR licence (not a learner) for periods totalling at least two years.

HEAVY COMBINATION (HC Licence)

  • Any prime mover attached to a semi-trailer or a rigid vehicle towing a trailer with a GVM of more than 9 tonnes plus any unladen converter dolly.
  • Also includes vehicles in Class HR.

MULTI COMBINATION (MC Licence)

  • Any B-Double or road train.
  • Also includes vehicles in Class HC.

*To upgrade to this class you must have held a Class HR or HC licence for at least one year. P2 licence holders cannot upgrade to this class.

*Provisional P1 Class C drivers cannot practice driving for a higher licence class or upgrade to a higher class.

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