Cost of HR license

When you consider the cost of HR license properly, you soon learn that there are many elements that go into the cost of HR license.

Cost of HR license include:

  • HR license vehicle
  • Trainer
  • Assessor
  • Office staff
  • Fuel
  • Tyres
  • Maintenance and repairs
  • Office and utilities
  • Staff training and certification
  • Accreditation and registration costs
  • Taxation

Some of our competitors may try and undercut us by doing the following:

  • Using cheap, old and out-dated vehicles
  • Using the cheapest-low quality trainers and assessors
  • Not having an office or office staff, as they’ll answer their phone while they’re training you
  • Saving fuel by having less than the required weight and driving less kilometres
  • Having poor maintenance and repairs regimes
  • Not becoming Registered Training Organisations, as they pay one to keep them in business
  • Not following the training and assessment procedures
  • Engaging in tax evasion

Is it really good for our state of NSW to have HR license training and assessments carried out by low-quality providers who stop at nothing to cut the cost of HR license and be cheap and nasty?

I believe it’s terrible to have high-quality providers driven out of the industry by Dodgy Bros Inc. If quality providers do not remain in the industry, the public will pay more for low-quality providers.

We believe that it’s only a matter of time before the licensing regulator steps in and gets rid of these under-regulated and shameless businesses. They do nothing useful but drive down the cost of HR license.

We strongly recommend that you only deal with an approved Registered Training Organisation, one which is listed on the RMS website. This way if something goes wrong (and it often does with Dodgy Bros Inc) you are able to complain properly. All too often we are completing courses for applicants who got ripped off by an unscrupulous provider.

“You’re better than that – Don’t settle for low-quality”

The reason why we don’t advertise the cost of HR license is for competition reasons. The other reason is that we want the opportunity to explain the process and answer any questions that you might have.

For the cost of a HR license please call 1300521289 or see here for more information.

 

 

Low Risk Truck Driving

A major section of the Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) requirements is Section C, which requires Low Risk Truck Driving behaviours.

Low Risk Truck Driving involves the proactive application of skills and behaviours that can effectively reduce crash risk. Central to Low Risk Truck Driving is the concept of Crash Avoidance Space (CAS). CAS is the space required to avoid or reduce the risk of a crash occurring. As well as being created, CAS must also be maintained and protected. This is a conscious and continuous process that requires both awareness and skill.

Heavy vehicle drivers in particular need to have a good understanding of Low Risk Truck Driving and the various ways it can be applied to enhance road safety.

Whether you’re going for a Medium Rigid, a Heavy Rigid, or Heavy Combination licence, the following information will assist you to prepare for training.

Following distance (moving)

The applicant must:

  • Maintain a four (4) second gap (as a guide) behind the vehicle directly in front increasing the gap in adverse conditions.

Stopped position

The applicant must:

  • Stop in a position behind other vehicles allowing sufficient space to steer around the vehicle in front, if necessary.

Speed selection

The applicant must:

  • Select a speed that is both within the posted limit and appropriate to road and traffic conditions (which may be less than the posted limit).

Cushion to the sides

The applicant must:

  • Maintain a sufficient space to the side from parked vehicles and road side hazards.
  • Vary the position in the lane to provide a buffer from oncoming vehicles and those moving in the same direction.

Lane selection

The applicant must select a lane:

  • In compliance with road law and the prevailing traffic situation.
  • Which is the most appropriate one for the vehicle being driven, to ensure safe turns.

Speed Control

The applicant must:

  • Adjust speed to regain CAS in response to changes in road or traffic conditions and speed limits (e.g. when other vehicles cut in or when the test vehicle is in another vehicle’s blind spot).
  • Reduce speed in anticipation of the need to stop (e.g. lights ahead which have been green for some time).
  • Approach stationary or slow moving vehicles in front with caution.
  • Drive close to the posted speed limit when safe to do so.

Gap selection

The applicant must:

  • Select gaps in traffic which do not encroach on another vehicle’s CAS without slowing traffic flow.
  • Must not reject more than three opportunities to select a suitable gap.

Maintains traffic flow

The applicant must:

  • Efficiently maintain forward progress by selecting suitable speeds, lanes, and lane positions in relation to forward and adjacent traffic.
  • Be courteous to other road users.
  • Accepts the first safe gap and rejects unsafe gaps.
  • Not give way unnecessarily.

Observes road & traffic environment

The applicant must:

  • Scan continuously to the front and sides looking for hazards. Scanning needs to be performed at short, middle, and long distance ranges.
  • Monitor left and right mirrors for traffic to the sides and rear on a regular basis.

Responds to risks/hazards

The applicant must:

  • Apply low risk driving strategies by reducing speed and covering the brake when a hazard is identified. The assessor may not always be able to see whether the applicant is covering the brake in which case they should focus on speed reduction to assess this item.
  • Increase space to the sides where hazards exist (e.g. parked vehicles or oncoming traffic).
  • Adjust speed and/or position in response to limited vision of the road or traffic environment (e.g. where vision is limited due to other vehicles or objects blocking the line of sight at intersections, blind corners, and crests etc.).

Hazards are not just rare or extreme events. A hazard is any situation where there is an increased risk of crash. We urge everyone to be aware of their duty of care and to always ensure that they create, maintain, and protect Crash Avoidance Space.

The points above are assessment requirements that feature in all of our courses. If we can be of service call us anytime on 1300521289

Reaction time matters – Find out why

Could a heavy vehicle driver have a duty of care to not collide with a car that is failing to give way to them?

Could a heavy vehicle driver’s reaction time to a hazard result in the driver being deemed as negligent?

Does the capacity of a heavier vehicle to cause greater damage influence apportionment of culpability?

In a car and truck accident case heard in the NSW Supreme Court (Accident happened in WA, based on WA laws) all these thing were considered and the Judge concluded:

After stopping her vehicle over the give way line, the plaintiff proceeded onto the highway without looking to her right. If she had looked, the prime mover would have been visible to her at a distance of 150 metres and for a time in excess of 7.5 to 8 seconds. The plaintiff was obliged to give way to traffic travelling in either direction on the highway. The traffic in the southbound lane was hardly moving and was “bumper” to “bumper”. In these circumstances, by proceeding onto the highway the plaintiff was grossly negligent and endangered the driver of the prime mover and the drivers on the highway who were travelling south. In these circumstances, I give little weight to the fact that the defendant was driving the heavier vehicle. A reasonable driver in the position of the plaintiff would not have proceeded onto the highway and would have remained at the give way line. The plaintiff’s degree of departure from the standard of care of the reasonable person was very high and was the prime reason for the collision between the Camry and the prime mover, whereas the failure by the defendant to sound the horns was a slight departure from the standard of care of the reasonable person when all of his conduct that includes taking his foot off the accelerator and putting it over the brakes, moving the vehicle further to the right, immediately braking heavily, disengaging the gearing and sounding the air horns when the Camry moved off from the give way line is considered in combination. I assess the plaintiff’s contributory negligence at 80%. Verdict and judgment for the plaintiff against the defendant in the sum of $606,473.60.

Read the case here: Zheng v Wallace

The full case should be read to fully understand the facts but what is abundantly clear is that truck driver’s need to be very careful on the roads and minimise distractions.

A heavy vehicle driver is required to constantly scan for potential and actual hazards. A heavy vehicle driver is expected to respond almost immediately to an identifiable hazard. The response must be that of a reasonable person and may include (depending on the context), emergency braking, sounding of horn, changing direction of travel.

As this case demonstrates, a heavy vehicle driver cannot simply rely on the fact that a car driver must give way at a particular intersection. Clearly, the heavy vehicle driver has a duty of care to avoid an accident where possible.

We recommend that truck drivers be highly alert and continuously scanning, with observation priority to areas with the higher potential for hazards to arise, such as intersections.

These professional driving techniques are covered in our Advanced Heavy Vehicle Driver Training. Call us if we can help 1300521289

Why choose us to get a truck license?

In an industry where the customer simply wants to get a truck license and in a market as competitive as the truck license market is in Sydney, we need to develop and maintain unique selling propositions. If we don’t, customers simply may choose others over us, and we don’t want that.

If you want to get a truck license, the following points are a list of things about us worth considering.

We have a modern and quality fleet.

Our oldest truck is 2010 and newest are 2015 models. We have 4 vehicles, 2 of which we bought brand new in 2015. The all have low kilometres and are very well maintained. Sadly, members of the truck license industry are allowed to run old vehicle, which provides out-dated training, in uncomfortable learning environments.

We are an approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

We are a Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) approved RTO, which means we have a provider agreement with the RMS to delivery Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) services. Most of our competition are not RTOs themselves, as they pay an approved RTO a fee per customer to working under their contract. In my opinion, this separation between contract holder and service provider often creates a situation where quality and compliance come second to sales. The preposterously low quotes that these non-RTO providers give can only mean one of two things: either they’re cutting corners, or they’re misleading the public. Bona fide RTOs are conscious of truth-in-marketing and will offer a more honest fee schedule at enquiry. Being an RTO also allows our staff direct contact with RMS scheme management, which enables us to get timely information and reasonable adjustments. There really is many layers of quality assurance that goes into being an RMS approved RTO.

We have sufficient staff.

We have dedicated staff that handle enquiries and enrolments, records and administration, training staff management, compliance and quality assurance. Because of this, we won’t be taking your call whilst we’re training someone. That unprofessional practice goes on all the time.

We pay tax.

You will get a tax receipt for your payment. We won’t accuse anyone of tax fraud but we hear stories that some providers will give you a deal for cash. I believe that if they’re willing to break tax laws, they’re willing to compromise truck license assessment rules.

We are flexible.

When we assign you an amount of training or assessment hours, we do allow for those hours to carry over to another day, if required. Be aware of these offers that don’t allow you to carry over the hours to another day. As if you don’t finish in a day, it will cost you more.

Our price is right.

We know the price must be right or we won’t book anyone in. We’ll give you a good deal when you need to get a truck license.

“When you’re trying to get a truck license, We believe that you’re not comparing Apples with Apples when considering us against many of our competitors. It’s more like Mangoes with Lemons… one may leave a sour taste in your mouth”.

If you need to get a truck license, we are always available to take your enquiry. Call us on 1300521289 6:00am-10:00pm, 7 days a week.

Casual MR or HR Driver – StarTrack

A customer of ours, StarTrack at Minchinbury, have reached out to us, seeking Casual MR and HR Drivers.

See the Job Flyer here: Casual MR or HR Driver – Minchinbury

StarTrack are an industry leading in the transport industry and an excellent choice for anyone wishing to working as a professional truck driver.

We can help by upgrading you to an MR licence or HR licence or perhaps some Advanced Heavy Vehicle Training is what you need. Call us anytime on 1300521289

NSW truck licence quality, compliance, efficiency, and cost

We at ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING genuinely endeavour to be an honest and ethical member of the private training community, in offering NSW Truck Licence Training and Assessment services.

To achieve this requires that we are transparent and honest in dealings with the public, in the supply of our products and services, which include NSW truck licence training and assessments.

What we are finding, anecdotally, is that heavy vehicle trainers and assessors, usually who are not Registered Training Organisations themselves, are deliberately misleading consumers at the point of sale.

“In a highly competitive NSW truck Licence training market, where supply often exceeds demand, these providers of questionable quality, will do anything to sign the customer up. We are hearing of desperately low-priced quotes, which simply do not add up”.

One trick that might be being used is a low quote, with the bad news of more hours being required once enrolled. More hours being required could happen at any training company but the best practice is to have course offers that sees the majority of customers succeed for the price.

Another issue is the quality and age of the assessment vehicles being used. Be really careful that you’re not enrolling with a course provider who uses old and out-dated technologies. Ask the age of the training truck.

We do acknowledge that the majority of NSW truck licence applicants want to pursue the path to least resistance when upgrading to a NSW truck licence. We meet that need whilst maintaining compliant and quality procedures. What needs to be recognised it that there is only so many efficiencies that can be provided before quality or compliance starts to be compromised, and it is this point that causes us to believe that something is not quite right with some of the offers in the heavy vehicle licence market, especially for a NSW truck licence in Sydney.

ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING will not compromise its well-regarded reputation for a quick sale. We always put proper process before sales. We do things properly, and our staff sleeps well knowing that we will be approved to trade going forward due to our compliant behaviours.

With our position on quality and compliance, over the years, we have developed a large market share of corporate and government customers, who demand a high quality product. In recent times, our RTO was commissioned to write training materials for training of new assessors, and our staff are involved in industry working groups for matter concerning the HVCBA scheme. We are serious about what we do.

We concede though, that the corporate and government cohort of the market, per se, is not sufficient to meet our enrolment needs. So we must pitch our product to the general public as well, who are looking to upgrade to a NSW truck licence. What is noteworthy is that individuals who are looking to upgrade to a NSW truck licence, usually are more attracted to a low-cost and efficient truck licence program. We get that. Money and time doesn’t come easy. We believe we can offer both – A cost and time efficient and high quality service.

We achieve this by:

  • knowing the NSW truck licence criteria intimately;
  • using high quality and late model trucks;
  • well trained and experienced staff;
  • managerial oversight of staff; and
  • dedicated administration staff.

A new thing that we understand may soon become a requirement is the need for Training Providers to provide a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for customers who enrol in accredited training.

We believe that this is an excellent and convenient way to provide important information to customers. This enables customers to make informed decisions before they enrol in training and assessment services. We have decided to release a PDS for our products, and customers will receive this for enrolments in the near future.

Being in the NSW truck licence training business nearly 40 years is no accident; we’re here today because we are honest providers of quality service.

Please call us if we can be of service on 1300521289

We’re always available to take your enquiry

We understand the modern-day needs of having to get things done outside normal business hours. So to meet this need, we take calls 7 days a week and usually between 6:00am and 10:00pm.

Our dedicated office staff achieve this by diverting to mobile phones when they’re not in the office and emails are received on phones too.

We do this simply because we want your work. The highly competitive heavy vehicle training and assessment market demands that we are available to assist potential customers and to provide booking opportunities, as required.

This is not new for us, as we’ve done this for many years. Answering our phone after hours could mean the difference between one of our trucks being parked-up or working.

So take please take advantage of this and call or email us ANYTIME.

Call us now for a great deal on a Medium Rigid, Heavy Rigid, or Heavy Combination licence upgrade. 1300521289