Truck licences

The HVCBAs available through our driving school include:

LR – Light rigid

LR vehicles include:

  • Small trucks with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) up to 8 tonnes. Any towed trailer must not weigh more than 9 tonnes GVM
  • Buses that seat more than 12 adults including the driver and a GVM up to 8 tonnes

To apply for an LR licence you must:

  • Have held a class C licence (car licence), (except a learner licence) or equivalent for one year or more. Any time you have spent on a P1 licence counts, but you can’t practice to drive an LR vehicle, or upgrade to an LR licence until you hold a P2 or full class C licence.
  • Pass the LR knowledge test
  • Pass an eyesight test
  • Successfully complete HVCBA, or pass a Roads and Maritime driving test
LR vehicles
Medium rigid

MR – Medium rigid

MR vehicles include:

  • Trucks and buses with a GVM more than 8 tonnes and two axles
  • Any towed trailer must not weigh more than 9 tonnes GVM

To apply for an MR licence you must:

  • Have held a class C licence (car licence), (except a learner licence) or equivalent for one year or more. Any time you have spent on a P1 licence counts, but you can’t practice to drive an MR vehicle, or upgrade to an LR licence until you hold a P2 or full class C licence.
  • Pass the MR knowledge test
  • Pass an eyesight test
  • Successfully complete HVCBA, or pass a Roads and Maritime driving test

HR – Heavy rigid

HR vehicles include:

  • Trucks and buses with a GVM more than 8 tonnes, and three or more axles
  • Any towed trailer must not weigh more than 9 tonnes GVM
  • Bendy buses. Even though these vehicles are articulated, they’re treated as a rigid vehicle

To apply for a HR licence you must:

  • Have held a class C licence (car licence), (except a learner licence) or equivalent for two years or more. Any time you have spent on a P1 licence counts, but you can’t practice to drive an HR vehicle, or upgrade to an LR licence until you hold a P2 or full class C licence.
  • Pass the HR knowledge test
  • Pass an eyesight test
  • Successfully complete HVCBA, or pass a Roads and Maritime driving test
Heavy rigid
Heavy combination

HC – Heavy combination

HC vehicles include:

  • Articulated vehicles with three or more axles
  • Heavy rigid vehicle trailer combinations including unladen dolly, with three or more axles
  • Any towed trailer with a GVM more than 9 tonnes

To apply for a HC licence you must:

  • Have held a MR or HR licence or equivalent for one year or more. Any time you have spent on a P2 MR or HR licence counts, but you cannot practice driving a HC vehicle or upgrade to a HC licence until you hold a full class MR or HR licence
  • Pass the HC knowledge test
  • Pass an eyesight test
  • Successfully complete HVCBA, or pass a Roads and Maritime driving test

MC – Multi combination

MC vehicles include:

  • B-doubles
  • Prime mover, low loader dolly and low loader trailer combinations
  • Road trains

To apply for a MC licence you must :

  • Have held a HR or HC licence or equivalent for at least one year. Any time you have spent on a P2 HR licence counts, but you can’t practice driving a MC vehicle or upgrade to a MC licence until you hold a full class HR or HC licence.
  • Pass a MC knowledge test
  • Pass an eyesight test
  • Successfully complete HVCBA. If you hold a HR licence, You’ll need to pass a HC assessment before you can start MC training
  • Pass a medical examination
Multi combination