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Licensing
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We all need a license to drive, but what license do you need? There are a range of license classes that accomodate larger more complex vehicles where extra driver training is required. So if you drive a large road train or even a 12 seater community bus, you will need to obtain a new license.

All states and territories in Australia use a national driver license system. The national license classes contribute to road safety by better matching licence classes to the types of vehicles used on Australian roads. They make it easier to move between different States and Territories.

National License Classes and Codes

car Car (C)

Car licenses apply to vehicles not exceeding 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GMV) and which carries less than 11 passengers.

 

motorcycle2 Motorcycle (R)/(RE)

Applis to 2 or three wheeled vehicles including using a sidecar or trailer with your motorbike.

 

light_rigid light_rigid2Light Ridgid (LR)

Applies to any rigid vehicle (ie, truck or bus) which is between 4.6-8.0 tonnes GMV. You must have held a car license for at least 12 months to get you LR license.

 

medium_rigid_bus medium_rigid_truck Medium Ridgid (MR)

Allows you to drive a two axel rigid vehicle more than 8 tonnes GMV and tow a single trailer up to 9 tonnes. You must have held a car license for at least 12 months to get you MR license.

 

heavy_rigid_bus heavy_rigid_truck Heavy Ridgid (HR)

Can drive a rigid vehicle with 3 or more axels greater than 8 tonnes GMV and tow a single trailer up to 9 tonnes. You must have held a car license for at least 24 months to get you HR license.

 

heavy_combin1 heavy_combin2 Heavy Combination (HC)

Allows you drive a prime mover, single semi-trailer or rigid vehicle plus trailer greater than 9 tonnes GMV. You must have held a car license for at least 24 months and your MR for 12 months to get you HC license.

 

MC1 MC2 Multi Combination (MC)

Allows you to drive the same vehicles as a HC license although enable you to add one or more additional trailers. You must complete a course for you MC license and also held you HR or HC license for at least 12 months.

UC(UC)

 

To find out more visit your states Licensing authority; Vic - VicRoads, NSW - RTA, QLD – Transport QLD, Tasmania – Transport TAS , SA – Transport SA, WA - DPI , NT - MVR and ACT – Rego ACT