Understanding Your Licence
The Car / Truck Licence you currently hold, the truck licence you want to obtain, and the vehicle that you are using to undertake your practical driving test will all have an effect on each other when making a decision on what heavy vehicle licence you want to end up with. At this time you also need to consider if you have any gearbox restrictions on your licence that you want to lift i.e automatic to a manual, etc.
If you need any assistance with this, call into our office with your truck licence or give us a call and we will guide you through it on the telephone.
There are two things to be aware of when looking at your Licence:
Class i.e MR, HR, HC etc and
Conditions which relate to gearbox restrictions, plus other conditions, such as medical conditions, spectacles etc. on your Licence.
Before commencing your training ensure that your are eligible to obtain the licence that you want to i.e. held your licence for the pre-requisite times, plus no current suspensions or problems with your licence.
- For LR must of held an open or provisional car licence for a continuous period of 12 months
- For MR must of held an open or provisional car licence for a continuous period of 12 months
- For HR must of held an open or provisional car licence for a continuous period of 2 years or more.
- For HC must of held a MR or HR Licence for a continuous period of 12 months.
- For MC must of held HR or HC for a continuous period of 12 months.
Eligibility can be affected by loss of licence, outstanding fines and medical conditions.
If you have recently moved here from Interstate and changed your licence over to a Queensland Licence, the Department of Transport and Main Roads may have transferred your licence across without transferring your driving history. Therefore, when it comes time for us to book your practical driving test, it will appear on the computerised booking system that you have not held a licence for the required length of time to be eligible to undertake the practical driving test.
This is not a problem – providing there are no actual issues with your licence, it is simply an administrative process. It is just a matter of you authorising the Department of Transport and Main Roads to fax away to the State Traffic Authority that you came from to get your history updated. This process normally takes approximately 48 hours. After this has been done, we will be able to book in your test.
If you held an overseas licence you will need to provide Department of Transport and Main Roads with a copy and possibly a translation to determine what class of licence you are allowed to undertake.