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My heavy vehicle licence

Heavy Rigid or Heavy Combination (HR and HC class)

Getting my HR class licence

What you need to do

To apply for your HR class licence, you must:

  • Must have held:
    (a) a class C for at least two years or
    (b) a class LR or MR for at least one year
  • Be at least 19 years of age

If you hold a current driver's licence and meet the minimum driving experience requirements for the desired licence class, you can drive a motor vehicle of that class without a learner's permit - but only under learner's permit conditions and laws.

If you don't meet the minimum driving experience requirements for the desired licence class, you may be able to obtain a learner's permit for that class by:

  • applying for an exemption or restricted licence, or
  • passing the first two components of a TILE course.

For all classes of licences, except MC class, you can choose to pass either a practical driving test (a vehicle-on-road test or VORT) or a competency-based training course (CBT) with an authorised driving instructor.

Getting my HC class licence

What you need to do

To apply for your HC class licence, you must:

  • Must have held a class MR or HR for at least one year.
  • Be at least 19 years of age

If you're applying for an HC class licence and have held a C class licence for at least two years, you can undertake an approved training-in-lieu-of-experience (TILE) course. You must complete the first two components of the TILE course before obtaining a learner's permit. You must have a learner's permit before in-vehicle training can begin.

For more information, phone 13 10 84 or visit a Service SA customer service centre.

If you hold a current driver's licence and meet the minimum driving experience requirements for the desired licence class, you can drive a motor vehicle of that class without a learner's permit - but only under learner's permit conditions and laws.

If you don't meet the minimum driving experience requirements for the desired licence class, you may be able to obtain a learner's permit for that class by:

  • applying for an exemption or restricted licence, or
  • passing the first two components of a TILE course.

For all classes of licences, except MC class, you can choose to pass either a practical driving test (a vehicle-on-road test or VORT) or a competency-based training course (CBT) with an authorised driving instructor.

Applying for an exemption or a restricted licence

You can apply for an exemption from the minimum requirements to be issued a HR or HC licence if you have special circumstances, such as employment in farming or transporting produce.

There are different types of exemptions and the criteria to be eligible for consideration varies.

Restricted licences to immediate family members of a primary producer

An exemption from the minimum driving experience requirements for the issue of a class HR or HC licence may be granted to immediate family members of a primary producer, who require a heavy vehicle licence class to assist in the running of a farm (e.g. transport of produce to a silo).

The applicant must:

  • be at least 18 years of age, and
  • have held a class C driver's licence for at least 12 months.

In order to apply for an exemption, a Restricted Licence Application form should be completed and signed by both the applicant and the primary producer.

The following information must be included on the application form:

  • the applicant's name, address, date of birth and relationship to the primary producer operating the property
  • the name and address of the primary producer who operates the farming property and the location of the property
  • the nature of the agricultural or horticultural pursuits in which the applicant will be engaged
  • the details of the vehicles that the applicant will be required to drive, i.e. the registration numbers and GVM/GCM of all trucks, truck/trailer combinations and articulated motor vehicles (including trailer portions, if applicable).

Applications such as these may be presented at a Service SA Customer Service Centre.

If you application is accepted you will be issued a restricted learners permit for either HR or HC. You will then be required to undertake a practical assessment in the class of vehicle you are applying for. This test may be conducted by an authorised/accredited instructor or a Police Officer.

Once you have successfully completed your practical driving test you must attend a Service SA Customer Service Centre to have your driver's licence issued with the new restricted class.

Restricted licence for harvesting purposes

An exemption from the minimum driving experience requirements for the issue of a class HR or HC licence class may be granted to farm workers who may be required to deliver produce from the farmer's property to a cattle market, rail siding, silo or other storage venue.

Any application for the issue of a restricted HR or HC licence to a farm worker is to be referred to the Manager, Licence Regulation for consideration and assessed on a case by case basis. In these cases, the applicant must:

  • be at least 18 years of age and have held a class C licence for at least 12 months for the issue of a class HR, or
  • be at least 19 years of age and have held a class C licence for at least two years for the issue of a class HC.

The following information will need to be included in the application:

  • the applicant's name, address, date of birth and licence number
  • the name and address of the applicant's employer (the farmer who operates the farming property) and the location of the property
  • a signed statement from the employer confirming the applicant's employment
  • the nature of the agricultural or horticultural pursuits in which the applicant will be engaged
  • the details of the vehicles that the applicant will be required to drive i.e. the registration numbers and Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) and Gross Combination Mass (GCM) of all trucks, truck/trailer combinations and articulated motor vehicles.

There is no application form for this type of exemption. To apply for an exemption, you'll need to provide all of the above information and post it to:

Licence Regulation Manager
Licence Regulation
Locked Bag 700
GPO Adelaide SA 5001

If you application is accepted you will be issued a restricted learners permit for either HR or HC. You will then be required to undertake a practical assessment in the class of vehicle you are applying for. This test may be conducted by an authorised/accredited instructor or a Police Officer.

Once you have successfully completed your practical driving test you must attend a Service SA Customer Service Centre to have your driver's licence issued with the new restricted class.

Further exemptions for restricted licences may be granted for other employment requiring heavy vehicle use, special purpose vehicles, fire trucks, motor trikes, farm tractors, farm machinery and self propelled agricultural machinery with a GVM exceeding 15 tonne. For information regarding exemptions for restricted licences for these purposes phone 13 10 84 or visit a Service SA Customer Service Centre

Removing a restriction

Once the holder of a restricted licence has held the licence for 12 months, the applicant may apply to have the restriction removed

The procedure for the the removal of the licence restriction is the same for a farm worker as an immediate family member of a primary producer

If the original HR or HC practical driving test was conducted by a safety education officer or an authorised/accredited instructor, the applicant can apply to have the restriction removed after 12 months without the need to undertake a further practical driving test. The client is then issued with an unrestricted HR or HC licence class.

If the original HR or HC practical driving test was conducted by a police officer, the restricted licence holder needs to be re-tested by an authorised/accredited instructor, after 12 months.

What can I drive on a HR class licence?

  1. A motor vehicle authorised to be driven by a licence of a preceding class.
  2. A motor vehicle (including an articulated bus but not including any other articulated motor vehicle) with 3 or more axles and a GVM greater than 8 t (e.g. any bus (including articulated buses) trucks and tippers).
  3. A motor vehicle included in 2 towing a single trailer (other than a semi-trailer) with a GVM not greater than 9 t, subject to the combination mass limits fixed under the Road Traffic Act 1961.

MAY TOW: - any farm implement. Any trailer with a GVM not exceeding 9000kg provided it is within the GCM of the towing vehicle.

DRIVER'S LICENCE MUST BE CARRIED IF DRIVING A VEHICLE OVER 4.5 TONNE GVM

What can I drive on a HC class licence?

  1. A motor vehicle authorised to be driven by a licence of a preceding class.
  2. A prime mover to which is attached a single semi-trailer (whether or not any unladen converter dolly or low loader dolly is also attached).
  3. A rigid motor vehicle to which is attached a single trailer with a GVM greater than 9 t (whether or not any unladen converter dolly or low loader dolly is also attached).

DRIVER'S LICENCE MUST BE CARRIED IF DRIVING A VEHICLE OVER 4.5 TONNE GVM

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