According to the Australian Taxation Office, in order to be allowed to drive a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Mass equal to or greater than 4.5 tonnes, you will have to obtain an LR heavy vehicle licence. In order to get the licence you will need to pass a series of tests, such as: an eyesight test, a heavy automobile knowledge test, as well as on-and-off road tests. Here are the steps required to obtain a heavy vehicle licence.
Checking Your Eligibility
First of all, before being allowed to get a heavy vehicle licence you must have previous experience with driving smaller vehicles. For example, if you're looking to get an HR class licence, you must have held a class C licence for at least two years. If you have had your driving licence suspended for a period of time, keep in mind that this period will be excluded when calculating the minimum time required to hold the class C license.
Learning how to drive heavy vehicles on the road
Professional training for driving heavy vehicles can be offered by either accredited heavy vehicle training providers, by driving schools, or by your employer. Here's a list of accredited providers in Australia. If you happen to know someone that owns a heavy vehicle licence, that person can also help you with your training, provided that he has a current licence for the type of vehicle you're learning to drive.
Keep in mind that if a friend chooses to help you learn to drive, "Driver under Instruction" must be visible on the plates at the back and front of the truck or bus that you are driving. Because the bus industry features its own training system for want-to-be drivers, your employer will let you know whether or not you need any special training.
Booking your licence assessments
In order to organise the tests for your heavy vehicle licence, you must contact an accredited provider and advise them if:
- You're currently banned from driving in Australia
- You have been disqualified from driving in the past
- You have had your driving licence suspended or cancelled
- You have any medical condition that affects your ability to drive
Once you have informed the provider of your past, you must proceed with the payment for the assessment fees. This is payable directly to the provider.
Getting your vehicle licence endorsed
Once you have completed the assessments successfully, you will be provided with a Certificate of Competence. The next step involves endorsing your driver licence; a process done by presenting your certificate of competence and your licence application form to a VicRoads customer service centre.
For more information, contact a company like All Onsite Training and Assessment.