A look at the licence class Medium Rigid (MR)

17A Medium Rigid (MR) vehicle is a two (2) axel vehicle with a GVM greater than 8T and can tow a trailer that must not weigh greater than 9T GVM.

Persons wishing to upgrade to an MR licence must have held a class C licence (except a learner licence) or equivalent for one year or more, passed a knowledge test, passed an eyesight test, and either passed an RMS driving test or undertake Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA).

A person who holds a provisional P1 licence is not eligible for a MR licence.

The MR licence course is a popular training product, and provides a stepping stone to larger vehicles. Seek.com.au is often listing jobs for requiring an MR licence. More often than not, a customer enquiring about an MR training course will elect to enrol in the marginally more expensive HR license training course. This is a better value choice, as for the small difference in course fee, you broaden your scope of opportunity.

Alltruck Driver Training provides Medium Rigid (MR) training courses and licence assessments (HVCBA) 7 days a week.  Courses start in Western Sydney.

We currently use a 1999 UD MK185 as our training and assessment vehicle, and expect to take delivery of a brand new 2015 Hino 300 Series 921 in February.

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Licence class focus: Heavy Combination (HC)

A Heavy Combination license, otherwise known as a HC license is the next progression from an Australian HR license.

Persons wishing to upgrade to an HC licence must have held a class MR or HR licence or equivalent for one year or more, passed a knowledge test, passed an eyesight test, and either passed an RMS driving test or undertake Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA).

The minimum test vehicle for an HC HVCBA is a three axle prime mover with a minimum two axle semi-trailer or a heavy rigid vehicle plus trailer over twelve tonnes GVM. A person who holds a provisional P2 licence is not eligible for a HC licence.

A person who holds an unrestricted MR or HR is provided recognition for their current unconditional licence, and as such are not required to be trained or assessed in a vehicle fitted with a Constant-mesh (RoadRanger) transmission, as they currently hold this endorsement on their licence.

Occasionally a client with an unrestricted MR or HR will want to take advantage of the refreshment experience that comes with an HC assessment in a proper manual transmission, but this is rarely the case as most people will take advantage of the rule that allows them to save money and reduce pressure in the assessment.

There is nothing to stop a person from receiving further gearbox refresher training either professionally or with a friend. In fact, Alltruck Driver Training strongly recommends this to its clients, if appropriate, and collects signed declarations that graduates will receive support or further training before driving an unfamiliar vehicle.

With major transport depots being built in Western Sydney, in areas such as Huntingwood, Erskine Park, and Eastern Creek, an HC license is an in demand qualification, which could potentially progress your professional driving career.

Alltruck Driver Training offers both restricted HC license courses, and unrestricted HC license courses in Western Sydney.  Licence options can qualify a driver to drive trucks fitted with Automatic, Synchromesh, or Constant-mesh transmissions.

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Fridges for our fleet

With the Summer heat closing in, we have placed an order for in-cabin fridges for our trucks. By mid next week our trainers and learners will be enjoying ice-cold water and other drinks (non-alcoholic of course) while on the job.

We got a great deal on four fridges, with two coming next week and the other two coming the following couple of weeks.

We plan to buy bulk drinks and refreshments, to be made freely available to our staff and clients.

Also, we will be encouraging staff and clients to bring a packed lunch, if they choose to.