Licence to drive HC (heavy-combination) class vehicles
Eligibility requirements - HC (heavy combination) class
You must hold a licence authorising you to drive MR (medium rigid) or HR (heavy rigid) class vehicles.To be granted a licence to drive HC (heavy combination) class vehicles
- have held a licence authorising you to drive C (car) class vehicles for at least three (3) years; and
- have held a licence authorising you to drive MR (medium rigid) or HR (heavy rigid) class vehicles for at least one (1) year.
If you are driving a HC (heavy combination) class vehicle, you are authorised to tow:
- one, but no more than one, trailer in addition to the trailer or semi-trailer because of which it is classified as of class HC if the additional trailer has a GVM not exceeding 9 t; or
- an unladen converter dolly or low loader dolly as defined in the Road Traffic (Vehicle Standards) Regulations 2002.
|National Transport Commission (NTC): Load restraint guide|
|State Law Publisher: Road Traffic (Vehicle Standards) Regulations 2002|
Heavy vehicle competency standard
The 'Heavy vehicle competency standard' underpins the driver training and licensing system which aims to produce safer heavy vehicle drivers on Western Australian roads.
Readers should not see the standard as a set of competencies. Rather, assessors use the standard as a basis upon which to judge whether the people they assess are competent.
The standards are particularly useful for anyone teaching a person to drive.
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Information for driver’s licence applicants
The Road Traffic Act provides that if you are a person who is eligible to apply for a Western Australian driver's licence you must apply in accordance with the regulations. The application is made in writing on a form approved by the Director General and it has to give details of the application sought.
- Please note that personal attendance at a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or Regional Agent is required when completing your application.
- This process cannot be completed by mail.
Please print and complete the driver's licence application form prior to attending a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or Regional Agent. The driver's licence application form (MDL1) may be found below.
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Step 1: Learn to drive
You do not require a Learner’s Permit if:
- you already hold a current Australian driver’s licence; and
- you meet the eligibility requirements for the vehicle type you wish to learn how to drive.
You can take driving lessons with:
- a licensed driving instructor who holds the same or higher class on their driver’s licence for which you are applying; or
- a person who holds a current driver’s licence who has been authorised to drive for at least four (4) years and has the same class of vehicle that is stated on your learner’s permit.
As a learner you must always:
- display L plates;
- be accompanied by an authorised instructor (see above); and
- comply with any other conditions as specified on your learner's permit.
As a learner driver, you must always display L plates.
Step 2: Apply - includes eyesight test and theory test (if applicable)
When you have gained enough confidence in your driving skills and you are ready to take a Practical Driving Assessment (PDA), you can start the application process at any Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agent.
When submitting your application, you must:
- pass a heavy vehicle theory test (if applicable – see below);
- complete an application form;
- pass an eyesight test;
- pay an application fee (this gives you one practical driving assessment entitlement); and
- provide primary and secondary proof of identity (examples are provided in fact sheet below).
Once you have successfully completed the application process, you will be ready to take your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).
Heavy vehicle theory test
Depending on the vehicle class(es) you are currently authorised to drive, you may have to sit the heavy vehicle theory test. The test consists of 10 questions of which you have you get eight (8) or more correct to pass. See the table below to find out if you are required to sit the test:
Some sample theory test questions and answers are provided in our 'Questions and Answers for MR, HR and HC classes' fact sheet below.
Heavy vehicle theory tests
|Class your are applying for||Theory test requirements|
|LR (light rigid)||No test required|
|MR (medium rigid)||You will need to sit the test|
|HR (heavy rigid)||If you hold a driver's licence authorising you drive a C (car) or LR (light rigid) class vehicle you do need to sit the test. However, if you hold a licence authorising you to drive an MR (medium rigid) class vehicle you do not need to sit the test.|
|HC (heavy combination)||No test required|
|MC (multi-combination)||No test required|
Step 3: Practical Driving Assessment
When you are ready to take your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA), you will need to attend a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agent that carries out assessments for the vehicle class you are applying for. (Find out what to do if you live in a remote area.)
Make sure you take the assessment in the correct vehicle
Your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) must be conducted in a vehicle that meets the minimum vehicle assessment standard for the relevant class.
The fact sheet below provides information on:
- the vehicle assessment standards for each vehicle class; and
- information on using a vehicle with:
- constant mesh ('crash-box') transmission;
- synchromesh transmission; or
- an automatic transmission.
What happens once I pass the Practical Driving Assessment?
Once you pass the Practical Driving Assessment and your result is recorded at a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agent, your licence will be updated to include the new vehicle class.
If your current driver’s licence is not due for renewal, it is advisable to pay for a replacement licence so that your driver’s licence document displays the new vehicle class.
What happens if I fail the Practical Driving Assessment?
You will be required to book, and pay for, another assessment.
You cannot resit an assessment at a metropolitan Driver and Vehicle Services Centre for a minimum of at least seven calendar days.
- There are no exemptions to this waiting period.
A seven day period is considered to be a reasonable time frame for you to improve your practical driving skills and therefore achieve the required driving standard.
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HR/HC Practical Driving Assessments - Trial
Heavy rigid (HR) and heavy combination (HC) practical driving assessment (PDA) external authorised provider trial.
The Department of Transport (DoT) is conducting a six month trial of external authorised providers completing HR and HC PDAs in the Bunbury and Busselton areas.
- The trial concludes on 20 November 2013, however the arrangements introduced for the trial will continue until 19 March 2014.
- Customers may choose to sit their PDA for HR and HC vehicle classes with a DoT driving assessor or one of the external authorised providers.
Please refer to HR and HC PDA trial frequently asked questions for more information about this trial.
- Licence to drive HR (heavy rigid) class vehicles
- Licence to drive HC (heavy-combination) class vehicles
Notes for HR candidates, using an Authorised Provider:
Once you pass your HR or HC PDA with an external provider you will be issued with a ‘certificate of competency’ that you must bring to a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or Regional Agent.
You will not be entitled to drive a HR or HC class vehicle until you have presented the certificate, paid the processing fee, and the new class has been added to your licence record.
For customers sitting a HR PDA, unless you have previously held a MR class licence, you will also need to pay for and sit the heavy vehicle theory test before you are entitled to drive a HR class vehicle. Holders of an MR class licence will have already met this requirement.
Bunbury/Busselton HR/HC trial - authorised providers
|Area||Business name||Street address||Location||Phone||Contact|
|Trial||Busselton Advanced Driver Training||62-66 Strelly Street||Busselton WA 6280||(08) 9752 4255||Daniel Morey|
|Trial||CMT Transport Trainers Pty Ltd||10 Coleman Turn||Picton East WA 6229||(08) 9725 7876|
|Trial||Keen Bros. (WA) Pty Ltd (Bunbury)||37 Halifax drive||Bunbury WA 6230||(08) 9726 0530||John Keen|
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Vehicles you can drive - HC (heavy combination) class
If you are granted a licence authorising you to drive HC (heavy combination) class vehicles you can drive a motor vehicle with:
- a prime mover and semi-trailer; or
- a heavy rigid class vehicle with a trailer that has a GMV (gross vehicle mass) exceeding nine (9) tonnes.
Other classes covered:
- HR (heavy rigid)
- MR (medium rigid)
- LR (light rigid)
- C (car)
- R-N (moped).