Pre-course preparation

The following links must be read to prepare you for a truck licence training and assessment program.

RMS Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment Guide
A copy of the RMS guide which enables you to prepare for the assessment criteria.

Heavy Vehicle Driver Handbook
An RMS publication that all truck drivers should read and understand.

Load Restraint Guide 2018
An excellent resource on Load Securing – every truck driver should read and understand this book

Top Ten Misunderstood Road Rules
Videos on the top 10 Misunderstood Road Rules

Truck Rollover Prevention
This video will demonstrate how truck handle turning and cornering

Road Rules 2014
Ignorance is no defence for breaking the law.

Constant Mesh or Automatic/Synchromesh Gearbox Course?

We often get asked the question from students considering enrolling “should I go for an unrestricted heavy vehicle licence?” or “should I go for the restricted option?”

This question is very difficult for our team to answer, as is depends on your needs as a driver. The vehicles you’re likely to be exposed to throughout your career, is the number one influencing factor.

In industries like Mining, Waste Management and Concrete Agitators, the trend is most certainly modern gearbox technologies. Fully automatic gearboxes would probably be the most common gearboxes drivers would be exposed to.

Automated manuals and fully automatic gearboxes were on offer at eleven major truck manufacturers Australian websites: Isuzu, Hino, Kenworth, Scania, Iveco, Mack, Fuso, Volvo, Mercedes, UD and Daf. In our opinion, 5-10 years from now, automated manuals and fully automatic gearboxes will be the most popular option in all industries.

Automated manuals and fully automatic gearboxes are less fatiguing to operate, and will help with the retention of staff. Drivers with experience driving ‘Roadranger’ constant mesh gearboxes are a dying breed, and companies are conscious of this when they purchase new vehicles. However, some companies require that their drivers (or new recruits) hold a constant mesh (unrestrcited licence) as it could be argued that these drivers have undergone more indepth training.

Currently, in the heavy freight industry, all transmissions can be found. In the light to medium frieght industry automated manual and synchromesh are what’s used.

There are still many vehicles in all industries that are fitted with a constant mesh gearbox. This is obviously why the training is still very popular.

We can clearly see a pattern with enrolments. About 65% are going for auto/synchro and 35% for unrestricted. The percent for unrestricted will continue to fall as time goes on, and as heavy vehicle manufactures roll out their new technologies.

We can only give guidance, and provide our statistics. We can also comment on our opinion of current industry trends.

We offer both restricted and unrestricted licence courses, so we’re not interested in leading a student one way or another.

Retirement of our senior staff member Joe Sciberras

Joe (my father) has been teaching students how to drive trucks since about 1980. His very rewarding career and hard work has built the foundation of Alltruck Driver Training as we know it today.

Joe has been through numerous regulatory changes, and survived them all. His ability to facilitate quality training programs, and produce competent drivers has resulted in thousands of satisfied students.

Inline with his 60th birthday later this month, Joe has made the decision to give the game away, and focus on his hobbies.

From everyone at Alltruck Driver Training, we thank you very much for all your hard work and dedication.  All the best in retirement.

Michael Sciberras

Hi-Vis clothing requirements for staff and students

We have been rolling out a policy that requires all our training staff and students to be wearing a Hi-Vis shirt, vest, jacket or jumper, at all time during the training and assessment activity, including lunch breaks.

These measures may seem over the top, but in my opinion, it is very much the norm these days in the transport industry.

Our attitude is simple, anything we can do to maximise our staff and students safety, is obviously a step in the right direction.

We will be requesting that students bring a Hi-Vis top to their training, but we expect that some applicants may not own or perhaps will forget to bring one.  If this happens, we will supply a vest for the student to borrow.

It’s time to get safe and be seen.

Michael Sciberras