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The Driver's Handbook

Licence Classes and Minimum Driving Experience

Licence ClassMotor Vehicles Authorised To Be DrivenMinimum Driving Experience
C
  • Any motor vehicle with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) not greater than 4.5 tonnes but does not include a bus, motorcycle or motor trike. The motor vehicle may tow a single trailer, subject to the combination mass limits fixed under the Road Traffic Act 1961.
17 years:
  • if you are under the age of 25 you must have held your learner's permit for at least 12 months.
  • if you are aged 25 or over you must have held your learner's permit for at least 6 months.
LR
  • Any motor vehicle from class C.
  • Any other motor vehicle with a GVM not greater than 8 tonnes except a motorcycle ormotor trike. The motor vehicle may tow a single trailer, subject to the combination mass limits fixed under the Road Traffic Act 1961.
 
Must have held a class C for at least one year.
MR
  • Any motor vehicle from class LR.
  • Any other motor vehicle with 2 axles except a motorcycle or motor trike. The motor vehicle may tow a single trailer (other than a semi-trailer) with a GVM not greater than 9 tonnes, subject to the combination mass limits fixed under the Road Traffic Act 1961.
  • Any special purpose vehicle with a GVM not greater than 15 tonnes.
Must have held a class C for at least one year.
HR
  • Any motor vehicle from class MR.
  • Any other motor vehicle (including an articulated bus, but not including any other articulated motor vehicle) with 3 or more axles, except a motorcycle or motor trike. The motor vehicle may tow a single trailer (other than a semi-trailer) with a GVM not greater than 9 tonnes, subject to the combination mass limits fixed under the Road Traffic Act 1961.
The applicant must have held -
  1. a class C for at least two years;
    or
  2. a class LR or MR for at least one year.
 
HC
  • Any motor vehicle from class HR.
  • Any prime mover to which is attached a single semi-trailer (whether or not any unladen converter dolly or low loader dolly is also attached).
  • Any rigid motor vehicle to which is attached a single trailer with a GVM greater than 9 tonnes (whether or not any unladen converter dolly or low loader dolly is also attached).
Must have held a class MR or HR for at least one year.
MC
  • Any motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles except a motorcycle or motor trike.
Must have held a class HC or HR for at least one year.
R-DATE*
  • Any approved motorcycle or motor trike the engine capacity of up to 660ml with a power-to-weight ratio not exceeding 150kw/t.
17 years; and if no other licence is held:
  • if you are under the age of 25 you must have held your learner's permit for at least 12 months.
  • if you are aged 25 or over you must have held your learner's permit for at least 6 months.
 
R
  • Any motorcycle or motor trike.
Must have held a class R-DATE* for at least one year.

*Please note that the R-Date is not an 'expiry' date in the same way as applies to other licence classes, but is in effect an 'eligibility' date.

The holder of a driver's licence endorsed R-Date remains restricted to a motor cycle or motor trike with an engine capacity up to 660 millilitres with a power to weight ratio up to 150 kw/t until he or she is granted a licence endorsed R, notwithstanding the fact that the date included on the classification may have passed

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