Are you looking for a career change? Has the transport industry piqued an interest for you? The transport industry is one that continues to grow and there are always positions available. When you think about it, the transport industry is responsible for keeping many of our day-to-day activities running smoothly. Groceries, mail delivery and stock delivery for shops. When deciding on entering the transport industry, you may need to look at getting an additional vehicle licence to help you with the move. With several truck licences available, you may be wondering which one is suitable. Let’s take a look at the licences and which truck licence is best for you.
Why are there different types of truck licence?
The different types of licences indicate the different size and weight trucks that you are allowed to drive.
The reason for the different licences is to ensure that those driving the larger and heavier trucks have the experience and knowledge to be able to drive them.
There are five different truck licences that are offered, each with their own requirements and restrictions.
The licence classes are:
LR – Light Rigid
MR – Medium Rigid
HR – Heavy Rigid
HC – Heavy Combination
MC – Multi Combination
Each of these licence classes have restrictions on the size and weight of truck you are allowed to drive. They also have requirements that need to be met before going for the licence. For example, holding your licence for a certain amount of time.
How do I know which licence to get?
When it comes to deciding which licence to go for, there are a few things to think about.
The first being, which one will you be able to get in your current circumstances. Look at the length of time that you have held your licence for (time on your Provisional Licence counts towards the time, but your Learner’s does not) If you have held your licence for a minimum of one year, you will be able to go for some of the lower-class truck licences. The heavier truck licences require you to have held your licence for a longer period and also have held a light class truck licence as well.
The next thing to consider is what job or career do you want to start working in. If you are looking to simply be a delivery driver using a light rigid truck than you can go for the LR licence first. But if you are wanting to drive road trains or semi-trailers than you will need to go for a heavier class licence (after first completing a lower-class licence)
It is important to have a clear idea on what you want to be doing for work, as this can make a big difference to the licence that you choose. Which truck licence is best for you, depends on what you need it for.
How do I get my truck licence?
In order to get your truck licence, you need to first complete a course with a registered training organisation. Through the course you will learn the road rules, safety and how to drive the truck correctly.
Once you have completed the course and have been deemed competent, you will be able to apply for the licence through Service NSW. You will need to show them your certificate from your registered training organisation showing that you have completed the course. You will then need to pay a licence fee with Service NSW and a licence will be issued to you. You will receive a paper copy of your licence when you apply, and a hard copy will be mailed out to you.
Core Driving School is your go-to registered training organisation for truck licences in the Sydney and surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on providing the correct information, knowledge and safety for all those completing the course. We want to ensure that we are only sending the most competent drivers onto the roads.
To find out more about the courses we have to offer, pricing and how to book in a spot – give the team a call today.