2013 Australian Trucking Job Tips — Training and License Requirements for Truckers

Are you aspiring to become an Australian trucker? Here is some information you need to know in obtaining a truck driver’s license, the required training, and the requirements you should pass to obtain a truck driver’s license in Australia. Although the five states of Australia vary in the requirements and process of issuing truck driver’s license, they all follow the national standard.

 

Five Classes of Truck Driver’s License

 

  • LR CLASS – A Light Rigid (LR) license covers a rigid vehicle with a gross vehicle

mass (GVM) of not more than 8 tons with a towed trailer that does not weigh more than 9 tons GTM (Gross Trailer Mass). This also includes buses with a GVM up to 8 tons that carry more than 12 adults (including the driver).

 

– Must have held a class C (i.e. sedans, station wagons, panel vans, utilities, light delivery vans, small trucks, quad bikes, special purpose vehicles) for at least one year.

 

Australian Training and License Requirements for Truckers

Australian Training and License Requirements for Truckers

 

  • MR CLASS- A Medium Rigid (MR) license covers a rigid vehicle with 2 axles

and a GVM of more than 8 tons, with a towed trailer not weighing more than 9 tons GTM.

 

– Must have held a class C or LR for at least one year.

 

Australian Training and License Requirements for Truckers

Australian Training and License Requirements for Truckers

 

  • HR CLASS- A Heavy Rigid (HR) license covers a rigid vehicle with 3 or more

axles with a towed trailer not weighing more than 9 tons GTM, which also includes articulated buses.

 

– Must have held a class C for at least two years; or a class LR or MR for at least one year.

 

Australian Training and License Requirements for Truckers

Australian Training and License Requirements for Truckers

 

  • HC CLASS- A Heavy Combination (HC) license covers semi-trailers, or rigid

vehicles towing a trailer with a GTM of more than 9 tons.

 

– Must have held a class C for at least three years and MR or HR for at least one year.

 

Australian Training and License Requirements for Truckers

Australian Training and License Requirements for Truckers

 

  • MC CLASS- A Multi-Combination (MC) license covers multi-combination

vehicles like Road Trains and B-Double Vehicles.

 

– Must have held a class C for at least three years and HR or HC for at least one year.

 

Australian Training and License Requirements for Truckers

Australian Training and License Requirements for Truckers

 

Specific Requirements for Truck Driver License Classes

 

Found below are specific requirements for obtaining any of the five truck driver license classes mentioned above. There are four steps that apply to these five driver’s license classes.

 

The first step is to obtain a learner’s permit to complete compulsory driving hours and to undergo a test that will demonstrate your knowledge of road rules and road safety.

 

The second step is to go through the first stage of provisional license called P1. The P1 provisional driver’s license requires applicants to hold their learner’s permit for the minimum period required and complete the compulsory supervised driving experience. It includes the practical driving test, which is also known as the vehicle-on-road-test (VORT). This test assesses skills and knowledge of the applicant, and if the applicant demonstrates safe and competent driving. There is another option to pass P1. Instead of passing the VORT, applicants may take the Competency-based Training (CBT) where they will demonstrate the same skills but with the presence of an accredited driving instructor.

 

The third step is to complete a compulsory hazard perception test to progress from P1 to P2. Apply for P2 after passing the hazard perception test (HPT). This is a computer-based test that assesses the driver’s ability to recognize dangerous situations and to react appropriately when driving. The HPT test shows film clips of real driving situations. The driver must then respond to the situation with the use of the mouse.

 

The fourth step is for a driver to graduate with a full driver’s license. However, it will require the license holder bigger responsibilities and more rules to follow, which include the following: (1) Ensuring that all passengers (of course including the driver) have their seatbelts on and that children are in their correct restraints; (2) Good driving conditions, drive within the speed limit but drive slower in bad weather, heavy traffic and near children and pedestrians; (3) The legal blood alcohol level is 0.05; (4) Concentration to decrease crash risks like avoid using mobile phones, eating, drinking, smoking, and distractions caused by passengers; and (5) Full or sufficient rest following HOS regulations with regard to hours of driving.

 

 

Training Course by Major Australian Driving Force

 

If you have already decided on what kind of driver’s license that you need to take, then here are the training courses offered by Major Australian Driving Force, which is one of the most popular driver and vehicle services centres or regional agents in Australia.

 

Option 1 Lesson by the HourOption 2 3 or 4 Day Course
MR CLASSAn applicant may enroll in option one which provides a total drive time of three hours per session.Option 2 3 Day Course is an all-in-one package of 8 hours in total. It also includes a heavy vehicle knowledge test and several road tests prior to the training which includes
HR CLASSOption one for HR CLASS offers a three-hour drive time in total.Option 2 is a four-day package with 12-hour drive time.
HC CLASSHC CLASS training is offered with a total drive time of two hours per session which includes covering trailers.If not, applicants can avail a three-day package with a total drive time of 12 hours.
MC CLASSOption one is to take two or two and a half day one-on-one training plus an hour of pre-assessment prior to the course being taken. The practical training will be on all aspects of truck including coupling and uncoupling trailers, reversing, and etc.Training takes one to one-and-a-half day one-to-one training and assessment. Exclusively for MC CLASS, a Nationally recognized Statement of Attainment to take to Qld Transport or other State Transport Authority to have endorsed is provided.

 

Important Note: The training courses offered are inclusive of pre-assessment prior to course taken, workbook/students study book, safety videos, written assessments, practical training on the truck specified under the course taken and a practical assessment from any Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or Regional Agent. Also, the training may vary depending on what type of Center or agency.

 

 

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