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Heavy Vehicle Licences

National Heavy Vehicle Driver Competency Framework

From 22 March 2017, Tasmania implemented the National Heavy Vehicle Driver Competency Framework which sets the national standards for competency and assessment of heavy vehicle drivers. Accredited Heavy Vehicle External Service Providers apply these standards in all competency assessments.

The National Framework provides a nationally consistent approach for heavy vehicle driver licensing. This involves introducing a common set of national requirements that will be applied to the issuing of a national heavy vehicle driver licence and developing a competency and assessment framework.

The new standards enhance the safe driving of heavy vehicles by having a quality and rigorous national assessment and simplifies recognition of assessment practices throughout Australia.

More information regarding Heavy Vehicle Licences can be found in the Tasmanian Heavy Vehicle Drivers' Handbook (PDF 4.5MB).

To progress beyond being a heavy vehicle learner driver a person must:

  • meet the eligibility criteria refer to Licence Class Progression Requirements
  • successfully undertake a competency test or complete an approved training course*1 and final competency assessment conducted by External Service Providers.    

To book a competency test or training and the final competency assessment

Following the test

You need to undertake the following through Service Tasmania shops or designated police stations:

  • provide the Certificate of Competency which will be given to you on successful completion of the competency test or final competency assessment    
  • return your current driver licence - Full/Provisional, plus current heavy vehicle learner licence (where applicable)    
  • have your photograph taken.    

You will receive

  • a driver licence (temporary licence) which will display any restriction or conditions imposed    
  • a National Heavy Vehicle driver licence through the mail    
  • a receipt for return of existing driver licence.

Payment

You need to pay the licence fee (extension or variation fee).

Further Information – Licence Restrictions and Conditions

You can only drive vehicles in the categories shown on your driver licence and vehicles in lesser categories.

Carriage of licence    

Refer to http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/licensing/information/carry_it_on_you

Zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)    

You must have a zero blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at all times if you are the driver of a large vehicle.

A large vehicle is defined as:

  • a bus, or    
  • a motor vehicle (other than a bus) that is being used as a single unit and has a GVM greater than 15 tonnes, or    
  • a motor vehicle (other than a bus) that is being used in combination with one or more trailers and has a GVM greater than 15 tonnes.    

Work diaries  

In accordance with National Heavy Vehicle Law drivers of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles who drive 100km or more from their home base or operate under Basic Fatigue Management or Advanced Fatigue Management must complete a work diary to record their work and rest times.

To find out more information about Fatigue Management visit the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website (External link)

Heavy Vehicle licence holders can get a work diary from any Service Tasmania Shop. You must apply in person and present current drivers licence. If you are applying  for  a replacement to an existing work diary, you must also present your current work diary.

Transmission types  

Synchromesh and automatic Transmission

When applying for a heavy vehicle licence, if you were tested in a vehicle fitted with a synchromesh or automatic transmission you will:

  • have a synchromesh (B) condition or automatic (A2) condition placed on your licence, and
  • only be permitted to drive a heavy vehicle with a synchromesh or an automatic transmission.

Removing Synchromesh and automatic Transmission restriction

If you wish to drive non-synchromesh vehicles (commonly known as crash boxes, constant-mesh or ‘Road Ranger’ gears) and hold a driver licence with a B condition or A2 condition, you will have to be re-tested in a vehicle fitted with that type of transmission.

Contact an accredited provider to book in your test to remove the B and A2 condition.


[1] *the approved training contains formal training in conjunction with the Australian Qualification Skills Authority, training framework. The competency units were developed by the Transport and Industry Council (TLICLIC licence to drive a heavy vehicle) to support the National Heavy Vehicle Driver Competency Framework