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Truck Licences

Heavy Vehicle Licences In Adelaide

Heavy vehicle truck training (heavy Rigid /Heavy Combination) is conducted with industry standard vehicles fitted with either a 9 speed, 13 speed, 15 speed or 18 speed Eaton Fuller Road Ranger Gearbox to enable you to obtain an unrestricted licence.
 
It's also possible to complete your truck licence with a syncromesh Eaton fuller gearbox, however this will result in a restriction being applied to your licence.
 
The Light Rigid, Medium Rigid Trucks are syncromesh gearboxes similar to driving a manual car.
All trucks and trailers are loaded to 75% of their gross vehicle mass.
There are two methods of obtaining a Truck Licence; either by a Vehicle On Road Test or by the Competency Based Training  Logbook method. 
 

Competency Based Truck Training (CBT)

This is a training and assessment method used to obtain your Heavy Vehicle Truck Licence.
As  a trainee completes each task in the CBT Logbook, they are marked as being competent in that task. Once all the tasks have been completed the accredited instructor issues a Certificate Of Competency.
 
Competency Based Training covers all basic aspects of driving a heavy vehicle from climbing in and out of a truck correctly, to descending steep hills in low gears.
Because all CBT Tasks must be completed, there is a minimum time to complete the CBT Log Book.
 
TRAINING MANUAL DOWNLOAD    MCHR HC, LR MR

Vehicle On Road Test (VORT)

This is another method of obtaining a Truck Licence.
You are trained by a different instructor to the one that tests you.
The advantage of this method of acquiring a Truck Licence is that minimum training times can be achieved to obtain a Truck Licence
 
 

 

TRUCK LICENCE INFORMATION


 

Class C to Class LR (Light Rigid) Truck Licence
 
Unit of competency - TLIC2002A
Typical type of vehicle's bus,13 seat bus, 32 seat bus, small tipper trucks, furniture trucks.
 

Pre-Requisites

  • Minimum age - 17.5 years
  • Must have held a class car licence for at least 12 months (includes 'P' Plates)   

This enables you to drive any 2 axle vehicle with the GVM up to 8000kg.(trucks, tippers, special purpose vehicles, and buses designed to carry 13 or more seated persons)
 
You can undertake driver training in a light rigid truck using the Competency Based Training (CBT) logbook method of training and assessment, or if preferred, through lessons followed by a test.
As a guide, we have found from our experience, the average minimum practical hours required to successfully complete your LR license, is 9 hours.

 

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Hino Medium Rigid Tray top and Gates
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Tarping keeps the load dry.

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Reverse parking a MR truck.

CLASS C TO CLASS MR TRUCK LICENCE

Unit of Competency - TLIC3003A
Typical type of vehicle's. Small business trucks, tipper trucks,large bus.
 

Pre-Requisites

  • Minimum age 17.5 years
  • Must have held a class C licence for a least 1 year
This class of licence will allow you to drive a two axle vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of up to 15,000kg and tow a trailer with a GVM up to 9,000kg.
 
You can undertake driver training in a medium rigid truck using the Competency Based Training (CBT) logbook method of training and assessment, or if preferred, through lessons followed by a test.  After 2 hours your instructor will be in a position to appraise your level of ability and advise you on your training requirements. As a guide, we have found from our experience, the average minimum practical hours required to successfully complete your MR license, is around 9 hours.
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Cat truck

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Isuzu Heavy Rigid Truck, this is the license for the M.F.S
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Heavy Rigid
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Bogie Drive Tipper.

CLASS C, LR or MR TO CLASS HR TRUCK LICENCE

Unit of Competency - TLIC3004A
typical type of vehicle, civil, rubbish trucks, fire truck, mining dump trucks, articulated buses, coaches, cranes.
 

Pre-requisites 

  • Must have held a class car license for at least 2 years
     or
  • Held a class LR or MR for at least 1 year
This class of licence will allow you to drive any rigid vehicle with 3 or more axles. You are limited to towing a trailer with a GVM up to 9,000kg.  Our vehicles are fitted with Road Ranger
transmissions. This means you will obtain an unrestricted drivers licence.  You can undertake driver training in our heavy rigid tTruck using the Competency Based Training (CBT) logbook method of training and assessment, or if preferred, through lessons followed by a test.  After the first two hours, your instructor will be able to accurately assess your skill level and advise on further training needs.
 
As a guide, we have found from our experience, the average minimum practical hours required to successfully complete your HR licence, is around 15 hours WITH NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE.  We also conduct 2 hour assessment drives.  This will enable our instructors to assess your level of ability and structure a course tailored to you.
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Never force the gear stick. The cost to the owner of this truck in repair and lost production was $18,000.

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Blue splitter means this is a 15 speed,  you can split lower gears low to 4.

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Grey splitter means gears low to 8 can be split = 18 speed road ranger gearbox.
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Red splitter means only upper gears can be split= 13 speed road ranger gearbox.

CLASS MR OR HR TO CLASS HC TRUCK LICENCE

Unit of Competency - TLIC3005A
Typical type of vehicle, truck with trailer greater than 9 tonne, prime mover and trailer
 

Pre-Requisites

  • Held a class MR or HR for at least 1 year

If you have held a Class MR or HR for 1 year, you can undertake driver training in a semi trailer using the  Competency Based Training (CBT) logbook method of training and assessment, or if  YOU ALREADY HAVE PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE, through lessons followed by a test. After the first two lessons, your instructor is in a position to more accurately assess your skill level and advise on further training needs.

 

Our vehicles are fitted with Road Ranger transmissions coupled to loaded semi trailers. This means  you will obtain an unrestricted drivers licence. As a guide, we have found from experience, the average minimum practical hours required to successfully complete your Heavy Combination Truck  Licence  WITH NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE  ON THE CBT LOGBOOK METHOD is around 18 hours.

We also offer a 2 hour assessment drive in one of our vehicles to assess your level of ability and structure a course tailored to you.

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Kenworth T604 dash
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Kenworth prime mover

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The underside of the fifth wheel or turn table.
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Class C (Car) to Class HC (Heavy - Combination) TRUCK LICENCES

Unit of Competency - TLIC3005A
 

Pre-Requisites

  • Must have held a car licence for at least 2 years.
  • Must hold a learners permit for class HC before commencing any practical training.
In order to obtain your HC licence it is compulsory to complete a 2  Day Theory in Lieu of Training Experience (TILE) course  prior to commencement of your practical driving lessons. After successfully completing the T.I.L.E course you can obtain your Learners Permit from a Transport SA Office.

 

CLASS HR, HC TO MC (MULTI COMBINATION) TRUCK LICENCE 

  Unit of competency -TLIC4006A

Pre-Requisites

  • Must of held a HR Licence for at least 1 year.
    or 
  • must of held a HC licence for at least 1 year.
This is a one day course tailored for drivers with industry experience, that is reversing, hitch and unhitching and gear shifting with an Eaton Fuller Road Ranger gearbox are at a reasonable standard. Without  this experience the training course may need to be extended to suit the individuals needs.

RESTRICTED TRUCK LICENSES.

If you operate heavy vehicles in remote areas or yards with no public access  It may be possible to obtain a restricted truck licence for WHS or insurance reasons at a fraction of the cost of a full Licence. Truck licences can often be conducted on site while the client is performing they daily work.
 
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Cat truck & A trailer

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T604 engine
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M.A.N truck

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This is a isolator switch.Batteries are isolated after using truck to preserve batteries.

Please note

 

Once you have successfully completed your TILE or Heavy Vehicle course an additional fee to process the paper work and issue the Learners Permit or Truck Licence will be charged by Transport SA

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Cat truck and trailer.

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