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HR Heavy Rigid Truck Licence

A HR (Heavy Rigid) Licence is the highest class of licence you can obtain from a car licence. HR Vehicle can have 3 or more axles. You must have held a car or higher class of licence for at least 2 years to be eligible.

What can I drive? Rigid Number of Axles GVM
icon-hr3icons-hr 1 3 or more GVM greater than 8T. Any towed trailer must not weigh greater than 9T GVM.

There are 3 types of licence

Licence Conditions Explained

Important Information

Your current licence makes a big difference

The HR Unconditional licence (no gearbox conditions) is going to give you the best employment prospects as you can drive any HR vehicle (road rangers, manual and automatic gearboxes).

It is also easier to upgrade to a HC or MC Licence in the future if you already hold an Unconditional Licence.

However, the HR Condition B is also good entry level Licence into the road transport industry – relatively inexpensive to obtain with lots of job opportunities on offer, as a lot of modern trucks are no longer using crash gearboxes. You would choose this option if you want to drive trucks, buses / coaches for a living and do not want or need to use a road ranger gearbox. You can easily upgrade from this Licence at a later date if you need to.

If you are looking for employment in the Mines, a HR maybe a minimum requirement. If you are driving dump trucks (all automatic gearboxes) a HR Condition A or B Licence will cover you. However, a different role may see you needing your HR unconditional Licence.

Small Dump Truck

What do I need to obtain my HR Licence

  • You must have held a Car Licence (or higher) provisional, probationary or open for at least two years
  • If you are upgrading from a Car Licence, You must also pass the Department of Transport and Main Roads written knowledge test ( Click here to practice ) and the on road practical driving test.
  • If you currently hold a LR or MR Licence, a written knowledge test is not required.
  • If you currently have a Medical condition on your Licence, you need a medical certificate for the class of licence you are applying for
  • If you are going to use your HR Licence to drive a bus, you may also need to obtain your driver’s authorization from TMR

HR (Heavy Rigid) Licence Unconditional

How many lessons will I need? (on average)

From a Manual or Automatic Licence – You must use a Vehicle with a Non-Synchromesh gearbox and have good current manual skills

  • A realistic goal for this Licence is probably 12 hours of training
  • Depends on individual’s ability and attitude to learning.

From an Unconditional MR Licence – You can use a Vehicle with an Automatic, Synchromesh or Non-Synchromesh gearbox

  • Between 3 – 5 Lessons if using an Automatic Vehicle
  • Between 4 – 6 Lessons if using a Manual Vehicle
  • Depends on ability, if using a Non-Synchromesh Vehicle
  • There is no minimum or maximum lesson requirement
  • We just recommend you take lessons until you feel confident, test ready and employable.
  • On completion of your first “assessment” lesson it will be possible to give you an estimate of what your lesson requirement will be.
How much will it cost?
  • HR Driving Lessons $110 per hour GST exempt
  • HR Warm up drive and Test $290 GST exempt
  • HR Condensed Training Course $1,400 GST exempt (for non-synchromesh gearbox)

* If using your own vehicle $80 per hour GST exempt plus Travel

Other associated costs:
  • Mid-week Practical Driving Test Booking Fee $59.50 incl GST
  • Saturday Practical Driving Test Booking Fee $136.00 incl GST
  • Written knowledge Test (if required) $23.10
Job Opportunities

The HR unconditional Licence will open maximum doors for you and if you do progress to HC or MC it is a lot easier pathway to obtain a Licence.

  • Heavy Transport
  • Tip Trucks / Civil Construction
  • Quarry Work

HR (Heavy Rigid) Licence Condition B

How many lessons will I need? (on average)

From an Automatic Licence – Must use a Manual (Synchromesh) Vehicle and have good current manual skills.

  • Between 4 – 6 Lessons

From a Manual Licence – can use either Automatic or Manual Vehicle

  • Between 3 – 5 Lessons if using an Automatic Vehicle
  • Between 4 – 6 Lessons if using a Manual Vehicle
  • There is no minimum or maximum lesson requirement
  • We just recommend you take lessons until you feel confident, test ready and employable.
  • On completion of your first “assessment” lesson it will be possible to give you an estimate of what your lesson requirement will be.
How much will it cost?
  • HR Driving Lessons $110 per hour GST exempt
  • HR Warm up drive and Test $290 GST exempt
  • HR Licence in a Day Course $750 GST exempt (Condition A and B only)

* If using your own vehicle $80 per hour GST exempt plus Travel

Other associated costs:
  • Mid-week Practical Driving Test Booking Fee $59.50 incl GST
  • Saturday Practical Driving Test Booking Fee $136.00 incl GST
  • Written knowledge Test (if required) $23.10
Job Opportunities

The HR Condition B Licence is a good option if you don’t want to be driving vehicles with non-synchromesh gearboxes.

A lot of major Transport companies are now steering towards synchromesh / automatic transmissions, for ease of use and staff availability.

  • Around town freight, local deliveries, most big companies
  • Surfside Bus Lines, JJ Richards garbage collectors, many of the Concrete companies

HR (Heavy Rigid) Licence Condition A

How many lessons will I need? (on average)
  • Between 3 – 5 Lessons using a Vehicle with an Automatic Gearbox
  • There is no minimum or maximum lesson requirement
  • We just recommend you take lessons until you feel confident, test ready and employable.
  • On completion of your first “assessment” lesson it will be possible to give you an estimate of what your lesson requirement will be.
How much will it cost?
  • HR Driving Lessons $110 per hour GST exempt
  • HR Warm up drive and Test $290 GST exempt
  • HR Licence in a Day Course $750 GST exempt (Condition A and B only)

* If using your own vehicle $80 per hour GST exempt plus Travel

Other associated costs:
  • Mid-week Practical Driving Test Booking Fee $59.50 incl GST
  • Saturday Practical Driving Test Booking Fee $136.00 incl GST
  • Written knowledge Test (if required) $23.10
Job Opportunities

A HR Condition A Licence is very restrictive in terms of job opportunities, however perhaps your employer has only automatic trucks in their fleet.

Some mine sites require you to have a HR Licence to drive a dump truck and this may fulfil this requirement.

  • You may be purchasing your own vehicle / motor home
  • You may have a disability that prevents you from driving a manual vehicle

HR (Heavy Rigid) Condition A and Condition B only

* For Non-Synchromesh gearboxes the Licence in a Day option is not available, as the learning curve is just too steep (unless you have a lot of prior experience).

However, we can certainly arrange a condensed training course to suit your needs.

Cost $750 GST exempt

Licence in a Day is an option that is available to you, if you are busy working and struggle to find the time to do the lessons. You can take a day off work and focus on the job in hand.

This is not our preferred method of training but it can be convenient.

With the option of Saturday testing, you may not even have to take a day off work

Breakdown of Cost:
Price includes:
  • 1 hour Assessment Lesson
  • 4 hours of training (breaks as required) plus your actual practical driving test (approx. 1 hour).
  • Our vehicle to use during these allotted times
Price does not include:

Other associated costs:

  • Mid-week Practical Driving Test Booking Fee $59.50 incl GST
  • Saturday Practical Driving Test Booking Fee $136.00 incl GST
  • Written knowledge Test (if required), $23.10
Outline of Process
  1. It is recommended that an assessment lesson is done 7-10 days prior to your Licence in a Day (included within the price).This is necessary to:-
    • a) Assess your current driving ability and make you aware of any “habits” you need to rectify before the day of your practical driving test.
    • b) To ensure you feel comfortable in the vehicle you are going to be driving
    • c) To ensure that the Licence outcome you are going to achieve is what you actually need.
  2. We book your driving test and the rest of the training you need into our diary at a time convenient to you
  3. Return on the scheduled day (we will remind you) to finalise all of your training and undertake your practical driving test with a Driving Examiner from TMR
Licence in a Day – no prior Assessment Lesson

It is possible to undertake all your training on the same day, combining the assessment lesson, the practical training and the driving test altogether.

However, this is at your own risk and it is not our preferred method – it is a lot of money to invest in a day course if this is not a suitable pathway for you to get your HR Licence. An assessment lesson gives you an opportunity to see what is actually involved and it gives your trainer the chance to verify that this is training pathway is the best way of achieving a first time successful outcome for you.

No driving school can guarantee an outcome for you and it is unethical to advertise such. However, we will try our best!

Booking Process

To book the Licence in a Day you can complete the online enquiry form or call our office on 07 55378101 or 0406 539613. Our office staff will then organise your training schedule with you.

To confirm the booking, we will need your Driving Licence number and you will need to pay the practical driving test booking fee.

Please see full details of our payment terms and conditions

HR Unconditional (Non-Synchromesh gearbox) Condensed Training Course

This course is an option if you are in a position that you need to learn how to use a road ranger / crash gearbox over a few days and you are on a really limited timeframe, perhaps on a “fly in fly out” roster. This is an intense process and you need to be able to dedicate yourself to your training.

All your training can be booked in by email prior to your arrival.

If you live local and are not in a rush, we would not recommend this pathway. You may still want to get the Licence quickly and this is fine, we can still schedule your training in over a few days / weeks without you having to “commit” to undertaking a condensed course, or the pressure that comes alongside it. You never know you may even save yourself a few $$.

The total cost is $1,400 GST exempt

Breakdown of Cost includes:
  • 12 hours in total (11 hours of practical training incorporating pre-test warm up and 1 hour practical driving test)
  • Our vehicle to use during these allotted times

Note: After years’ of experience in delivering HR unconditional Licences, we know that on average it takes around 12 hours in the seat to achieve competency with a road ranger gearbox. However, in the event that you require further training with the double clutching technique this would be charged at an hourly rate of $110 per hour, this would be discussed with you as you progress through your course.

Price does not include:

Other associated costs:

  • Mid-week Practical Driving Test Booking Fee $59.50 incl GST
  • Saturday Practical Driving Test Booking Fee $136.00 incl GST
  • Written knowledge Test, $23.10
Outline of Process

The training would be undertaken in one of our non-synchromesh vehicles, where you have to double clutch to change gear. Once we start you in one of our vehicles, you will stay in that vehicle for all of your training and driving test, unless your instructor feels a change of vehicle would be beneficial for you. This would be done in consultation with you and with your consent.

  1. The training would be arranged in blocks of 2 or more hours at a time, over a period of 3 – 4 days with the schedule arranged to suit you.
  2. We book your practical driving test for you
  3. The practical driving test is taken by an examiner from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Booking Process

To book the HR Open Condensed Training you can complete the online enquiry form or call our office on 07 55378101 or 0406 539613. Our office staff will then organise your training schedule with you.

To confirm the booking, we will need your Driving Licence number and you will need to pay the practical driving test booking fee.

Please see full details of our payment terms and conditions

Tips about this Licence

The HR Unconditional Licence is the best licence you can go to from a car licence. If you obtain an unconditional HR Licence first, after 12 months you can use an automatic vehicle to obtain your HC or MC Licence. You do not have to demonstrate the ability to drive a vehicle with a non-synchromesh gearbox again.

If you already hold a manual licence, regardless of whether you take your lessons and test in the HR with an automatic or synchromesh gearbox, you will end up with a HR Condition B Licence (can drive Synchromesh and Automatic gearbox).

You have already previously demonstrated during a past driving test that you can use a vehicle with a synchromesh gearbox and for test purposes you do not have to do it again.

If you currently hold an Automatic Licence and do your practical driving test in an automatic truck you will end up with an automatic truck licence (HR Condition A).

However, you can do another practical driving test, at a later date, in any vehicle with a manual gearbox (car, LR, MR etc) to lift the gearbox restriction off your Licence thus changing the status of your licence to manual.

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