For test purposes a HC vehicle is a prime mover more than 15 tonne GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) with at least 3 axles and a semitrailer with at least 2 axles (see below)
Or a heavy rigid truck more than 15 tonne GVM with at least 3 axles and a trailer more than 9 tonne GVM with at least 2 axles i.e. tipper and dog, truck and float trailer etc.
Note: You need a HC if the trailer you are towing is over 9 tonnes GVM
There are 3 types of Heavy Combination Licence obtainable (different because of their gearbox restrictions). Please read the licence conditions below to ascertain which licence best fits your needs.
We have two Heavy Vehicle Combination options in which you can undertake your practical driving test. Which one you use would really depend on what licence you currently hold and whether you need to lift a licence restriction etc.
Heavy Combination Condition A (HCA): Can drive Automatic gearbox only
Heavy Combination Condition B (HRB): Can drive Synchromesh and Automatic gearbox only
Heavy Combination (unconditional, open): Can drive any Heavy Combination - Automatic, synchromesh and non synchromesh gearboxes i.e. crash box or road ranger.
|TIP : The MR or HR Licence that you currently hold can also have an effect on the licence you are choosing to undertake i.e. the pathways to obtaining your chosen licence can be very different, depending on whether you currently hold an open, manual (b condition) or an automatic licence and whether you have a restriction you need or want to lift .
|TIP : It is a good idea to have a look at your driving licence before booking your lessons, you need to study your licence and see if there are any conditions or restrictions on it, such as an "A" or "B" see the example below, before making a decision on which HC Licence to undertake. If you have any difficulty understanding your licence either call into the office with your licence and we can assist you, or call us and we will guide you through it on the telephone.
TIP : If you already hold an Open MR/HR licence, regardless of whether to take your lessons and test in the automatic or the crash box HC you will end up with the same licence a HC open (can drive any HC Automatic, Synchromesh and crash gearbox). The reason for this being that you have already previously demonstrated during a past driving test that you can use a vehicle with a non synchromesh (roadranger) gearbox and for test purposes you do not have to do it again.
If it is a while since you have driven a vehicle with a road ranger gearbox you may want to come back and undertake some refresher training so that your skill level is at the level it should be to confidently apply for jobs requiring an open HC Licence.
When looking at your Drivers Licence, these are the two things to be aware of, Conditions and Class:
Examples of employment opportunities for HC are:-
- All interstate work e.g. Linfox & Toll
- Tipper & dog
- Quarries e.g. Hanson, Boral & Nucrush
- Heavy Combination Driving Lessons cost $130.00 per hour no GST
- Warm up drive and Test for Heavy Combination vehicle cost $310.00 no GST