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Learner Licence

You do not require a learner licence if you are moving to the next class of licence above your current class of licence, however, all normal requirements for learner drivers apply.

If you are learning to drive a heavy vehicle you can never driver over:

  • 90km/h in 90km/h zones
  • 90km/h in 100km/h zones
  • 100 km/h in 110km/h zones

(even when speed limit signs display a higher limit).

A driver progressing more than one licence class will require a learner licence with the exception of those moving from a C Class (car) licence to a MR Class (Medium Rigid) licence.

You will need to pass a heavy vehicle knowledge test prior to a competency test or final competency assessment. The knowledge test is valid for 6 months.

If you require a heavy vehicle learner licence this is valid for the same time as your normal licence (they will expire at the same time), however you must have completed the knowledge test within 6 months. If not you will need to resit this.

If you renew your normal licence, your heavy vehicle learner licence will also be renewed upon successful completion of a heavy vehicle road rules knowledge test.

A learner licence will be issued as an x condition on the normal licence.

Further information can be found in the Tasmanian Heavy Vehicle Drivers' Handbook (PDF 4.5MB)

Licence Hierarchy

Multi combination (MC) Multi combination (MC) 2Multi combination (MC) 1
Heavy combination (HC) Heavy combination (HC) Heavy combination (HC)
Heavy rigid (HR) Heavy rigid (HR) Heavy rigid (HR) Heavy rigid (HR)
Medium rigid (MR) Medium rigid (MR) Medium rigid (MR)
Light rigid (LR) Light rigid (LR) Light rigid (LR)
Car (C) Car (C)

Age, experience and class of vehicle

The issuing of a learner licence depends on your age and driving experience, and the class of vehicle. When you meet the requirements, you can then undertake the theory and practical test to be issued that class of licence. Exemptions from these requirements can be made to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. For further information, see the Tasmanian Heavy Vehicle Drivers' Handbook (PDF 4.5MB)

Heavy Vehicle Road Rules Knowledge Tests (Rigid/Combination)

The Heavy Vehicle Road Rules Knowledge Tests contain questions on:

  • Alcohol & Drugs
  • Fatigue & Defensive Driving
  • Intersections
  • Traffic Lights & Lanes
  • Load Restraint
  • Negligent Driving
  • Pedestrians
  • Seat Belts/Restraints
  • Speed Limits
  • Traffic Lights/Lanes
  • Traffic Signs
  • Word Diary

It is important that you study for the Heavy Vehicle Road Rules Tests. The following publications and websites will help prepare you for your road rules test:

You will receive

  • You will receive a confirmation receipt demonstrating that you have successful completed the heavy vehicle road rules knowledge test. This confirmation receipt is valid for six months and is to be provided to the External Service Providers prior to commencing a competency test or final competency assessment.


You need to pay a fee.