Cheap truck licence

Getting a cheap truck licence is achievable.

But should cheap be the priority for someone considering a truck licence? The answer to that question lies in what each individual applicant wants and needs in a cheap truck licence course. Cheap is tempting in these times where money doesn’t come easy. However, be careful, as perceived cheap may cost you more in the end. Hence, at ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING, we think a balance is in order between price and quality.

There are two ends to the truck licence course spectrum. At one end is the cheap and nasty trainer. Generally, expect to meet him at his local service station, or at the side of the road, and anticipate him turning up with an ex garbage truck that he picked up at the auctions for $10000. You can expect him to pay half of his attention to his phone all day and when you ask for a receipt for your payment, expect to see disappointment in his face while he looks around for his “receipt book” that he’s conveniently misplaced.

At the other end of the spectrum is the trainer with quality equipment and facilities. Generally, with these more professional licence course providers, expect to meet for the course at a business premises and expect to be trained in modern trucks. In this learning environment, you can expect to have well-planned systems of training and organised procedures that make for predictable outcomes. Noteworthy, however, is that these well organised trainers can include training and assessment activity that extends beyond the minimum requirements. This may increase course fees.

So, we can see the two options to getting a truck licence: one is a cheap truck licence; however, cheap and nasty, with low quality and unpredictable outcomes (good luck getting a receipt too). On the other hand, there are professional outfits with quality systems. These are increasingly rare these days, as the cheap and nasty trainers are outcompeting these providers.

What if you could have quality systems of training and assessment, in modern trucks, with fair and friendly staff, who will not require you do more work than is necessary and will provide all of this for a competitive course fee? Well, that’s exactly what ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING offers with its truck licence course service.

The right price, quality equipment, friendly staff and no fuss minimum requirements; that’s ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING. Don’t settle for second best; only deal with Sydney’s trusted name in truck licence courses.

If you want a cheap truck licence course, but don’t want to settle for low quality trainers in rusted old leaky trucks, call us today on 1300521289.

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Truck license Wetherill Park

Need a truck license Wetherill Park?

A truck license Wetherill Park can be an affordable and achievable way to get started in the transport industry.

Wetherill Park and surrounding suburbs have significant warehousing and logistics industry and getting a truck license for work in Wetherill Park is worth considering and has never been more simple. Wetherill Park being a balance between too busy and busy enough makes it a suitable area to conduct truck license courses.

At ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING, our systems of training and assessment ensure that you’re given every opportunity to succeed in the truck license course. At ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING, we have truck license courses in Wetherill Park running six days a week.

Our Registered Training Organisation (RTO) is based in Horsley Park, which is the next suburb to Wetherill Park and our truck license courses often take applicants through Wetherill Park and surrounding areas.

Being a significant transport hub of Western Sydney, there is a lot of truck license courses in Wetherill Park on offer. However, be warned, many truck license course providers in Wetherill Park are not registered and often use old and outdated trucks for their truck license courses in Wetherill Park. There really is some low-quality service providers in the industry and applicants must avoid dealing with these. Regularly we are appointed to retrain and reassess applicants who got their truck license by questionable means.

Be careful with quotes that seem too good to be true, as they’ll tell you anything to get your money. Only deal with the best in the industry. We’ve been in driver training industry since 1980 and only use modern vehicles in our truck license courses.

If you want affordable, professional training with relaxed and friendly service, call us today for a great deal on a truck license in Wetherill Park.

Phone 1300521289 or alternately, email us info@adt.nsw.edu.au

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Truck license Penrith

Considering a truck license Penrith?

Need a truck license Penrith?

ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING has been servicing customers from the Penrith area for many years. Our training facility is only a short drive from Penrith down the M4 motorway. A truck license Penrith is an achievable process, which starts with a visit to Service NSW Penrith to complete the driver knowledge test. From there, the customers from Penrith make their way to our facility for the truck license training and assessment.

A truck license in Penrith can cost as little as $590, for experienced applicants, yet ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING has offers to suit all levels of skill and experience. If you’re seeking a truck license job in Penrith, a truck license is obviously an important step. Let ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING lead the way to a career with a truck license Penrith.

If you want quality training and assessment for a truck license in Penrith, it is important to choose a reputable training provider. ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING has been in the truck license industry for nearly 40 years, and is the preferred provider to many of Australia’s largest companies.

The training program to achieve a truck license includes a range of performance criteria. Such as, but not limited to, pre operational checks, load security, reversing, and crash avoidance space management.

Our training plan starts with an informal chat with the student to establish any prior learning or experience, then we do a safety induction, before getting started with the training and assessment.

Let ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING show you why we’re Penrith’s number one provider of heavy vehicle competency based training and assessment and truck license Penrith. See our industry fleet of training vehicles.

Call us anytime, even weekends and after hours, on 1300521289 or email us at info@adt.nsw.edu.au

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Tips for passing truck licence assessment in a Medium Rigid, Heavy Rigid or Heavy Combination

Change of direction signals

In an HVCBA licence course for Medium Rigid, Heavy Rigid, or Heavy Combination, non-compliance with the rules requiring signalling/indicating are recorded as errors under section D of the HVCBA scoring provisions. Section D does not allow any errors; hence, knowledge of the rules is critical to candidates’ success in truck licence assessments. A non-exhaustive list of some of the rules are as follows:

‘The driver must give the change of direction signal for long enough to give sufficient warning to other drivers and pedestrians’: Road Rules 2014 (NSW) (‘Road Rule/s’) ss 46(2), 48(2).

‘If the driver is about to change direction by moving from a stationary position at the side of the road or in a median strip parking area, the driver must give the change of direction signal for at least 5 seconds before the driver changes direction’: Road Rules s 46(3).

‘The driver must stop giving the change of direction signal as soon as the driver completes the change of direction’: Road Rules s 46(4).

‘If practicable, a driver driving in a roundabout must give a left change of direction signal when leaving the roundabout’: Road Rules s 118(1).

Stop signs

Stop means stop! It means fully stop near, but before reaching, the line. A suggestion is that driver stops and counts to three, then proceeds if safe to do so. Another suggestion is that the primary focus on approach is stopping, rather than looking for a safe gap, as you’re required to stop anyway.

‘A driver at an intersection with a stop sign or stop line, but without traffic lights, must stop and give way in accordance with this rule’: Road Rules s 67(1).

Speed limits

This is an easy one; don’t exceed the speed limit. A couple of things to note: assessors do not rely on GPS for evidentiary purposes, and when looking at speedometers, they must allow for parallax error due to their seating position. Another rule is that they are not permitted to ask you what speed you are travelling at as to trap you into an admission of breach. The expectation is that you to drive to the conditions. One condition is that the context is an unlicensed driver driving under supervision, and thus, assessors tolerate, in some conditions, a slightly milder pace of drive. This said, assessors expect a confident drive that may reach the speed limit at times. Keep in mind that there are times where keeping up with the traffic is expected, for example some lane changes. Remember, the speed limit is a limit and not a challenge, so watch the lead footed driving. A fair allowance is that if you’re not sure of the speed zone you’re in, you are permitted to ask the assessor and he or she will answer. Speeding in a Medium Rigid, Heavy Rigid or Heavy Combination vehicle or any truck, especially around the business Sydney suburbs like Wetherill Park, Eastern Creek, Liverpool, Bankstown and Parramatta, is highly dangerous.

‘A driver must not drive at a speed over the speed limit applying to the driver for the length of road where the driver is driving’: Road Rules s 20

For more tips or to book a Medium Rigid, Heavy Rigid, or Heavy Combination license course in Sydney, call our team today on 1300521289 or email us info@adt.nsw.edu.au

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Signalling left when leaving roundabouts

Issue

What is the statutory interpretation of the word ‘practicable’ in the context of Road Rules 2014 (NSW) (the ‘rules‘) s 118(1): ‘If practicable, a driver driving in a roundabout must give a left change of direction signal when leaving the roundabout’?

Hence, what defence can a driver argue to the charge of breach of s 118(1)?

Rule

In Potter v Neave (1944) SASR 19, 21 (‘Potter’), Mayo J held that ‘[p]racticable may be paraphrased as capable of being done or accomplished with the available resources whatever they may be’. Moreover, the Potter definition is consistently applied in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) s 18, with the words ‘reasonably able to be done’. However, in the NSW jurisdiction, the Potter definition may be persuasive, but not binding.

Interpretation Act 1987 (NSW) s 33 requires:

In the interpretation of a provision of an Act or statutory rule, a construction that would promote the purpose or object underlying the Act or statutory rule (whether or not that purpose or object is expressly stated in the Act or statutory rule or, in the case of a statutory rule, in the Act under which the rule was made) shall be preferred to a construction that would not promote that purpose or object.

Application

The inclusion of the words ‘[i]f practicable’ in the regulation may infer that there are some contexts where the signal may not be required.

However, on the proposition in Potter, a reasonable person would expect that if a signal device is fitted to a vehicle, then a driver would be ‘capable’ of using it to ‘give a left change of direction signal when leaving the roundabout’.

Furthermore, in seeking the purpose of the statutory provision, no absurdity appears when using the plain and ordinary meaning of the words in the context of the statutory provision; thus, further aids may not be required to arrive at the intention of the parliament and comply with the Interpretation Act 1987 (NSW) s 33.

Although, as the rules are subordinate legislation, it may be reasonable to consider that the intention of the parliament is to delegate the drafting of the rules to the executive branch of government. This is especially the case with these rules, as this codified instrument has significant level of detail that the parliament may not be equipped to validate. Ironically, that would not be practicable for the parliament. Therefore, the executive agency who has been delegated responsibility may be able to provide extrinsic aid to assist in determining the mischief the regulation was introduced to suppress, or at least provide some clarity on the rules.

In December 2016, Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety published a document titled: Top 10 misunderstood road rules in NSW. On the topic of ‘Exiting a roundabout’ they wrote:

Just like exiting any road, drivers must signal left when leaving a roundabout, if it is practical to do so, and stop indicating as soon as they have exited the roundabout. When travelling straight ahead on a small single lane roundabout, it may be impractical to indicate left when exiting.

The definition of the word ‘impractical’ may provide some guidance on this matter. The Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary defines impractical as ‘not adopted for use or action; not sensible or realistic’.

A reasonable person may consider it not ‘sensible or realistic’ to indicate left when exiting in some roundabout contexts. For example, where the left signal is activated at a point in time where it does not provide any useable notice to surrounding road users. This example may arise due to the size of the roundabout, and thus, this is consistent with the context ‘small single lane roundabout’ prescribed in the publication.

However, the Centre for Road Safety provides this disclaimer:

This document does not constitute legal advice and is provided only as a guide to the Road Rules 2014. Road users must ensure they are familiar with the Road Rules and comply with the requirements prescribed in law.

On 14 November 2012, parliamentary debate occurred in the NSW Legislative Council concerning this matter, but no clarity can be taken from that. See page 16756.

Conclusion

Unless a driver can argue that he or she is not ‘capable’ of ‘[giving] a left change of direction signal when leaving the roundabout’, then a judge may hold that the signal is required.

However, consistent with the advice from the Centre for Road Safety, the regulation may not be applicable in certain roundabouts. Irrespective of the disclaimer, a judge may find it reasonable that a driver relies on the advice in the publication.

Want to learn more?

If you want to learn more about this topic, consider upgrading your driver licence to either Medium Rigid, Heavy Rigid, or Heavy Combination, or perhaps enrol in our Advanced Heavy Vehicle Driver Training course.

Call us on 1300 521 289 or email info@adt.nsw.edu.au

Michael Sciberras

Michael is the Chief Executive Officer at ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING. He has 16 years of heavy vehicle training and assessment experience, and is currently studying law at the University of New England.

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Attention employers and PCBU

Be warned

From businesses large and small, to government agencies and councils, the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) (‘WHS Act’) requires that ‘workers’ (see meaning below), inter alia, be kept safe at work. In focus for this article is the requirement of ‘the provision of any information, training, instruction or supervision’.

Namely, the WHS Act s 19(3)(f) requires:

A person conducting a business or undertaking [PCBU] must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable [WHS Act s 18], the provision of any information, training, instruction or supervision that is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking.

For instance, Auimatagi v Australian Building and Construction Commissioner [2018] FCAFC 191heard in the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia, provides guidance on the application of the WHS Act ss 7, 19. Specifically, Allsop CJ, Collier and Rangiah JJ held at para [3]:

It should be said at the outset that John Holland [the PCBU], as the entity in control of the site and conducting its business on the site, had important duties owed to all workers (not just its own) on the site over which it had control.

However, at para [4], it was said that ‘[w]orkers had their own duties in this regard. A self-employed person was obliged, by s 19(5) of the WHS Act, to ensure, as far as was reasonably practicable, his or her own health and safety while at work’.

Yet, the court’s statutory interpretation was manifestly clear:

By s 19(3)(f) of the WHS Act, John Holland was obliged (so far as was reasonably practicable) to provide “information, training, instruction or supervision to protect workers from risk to health and safety and by s 28(c) workers on site were obliged to comply with any reasonable instruction by John Holland to allow it to comply with the WHS Act. The word “instruction” in ss 19(3)(f) and 28(c) is to be understood as including directions to do something.

Moreover, the WHS Act ss 7(1)(a)-(i) states:

A person is a worker if the person carries out work in any capacity for a person conducting a business or undertaking, including work as: an employee, a contractor or subcontractor, an employee of a contractor or subcontractor, an employee of a labour hire company who has been assigned to work in the person’s business or undertaking, an outworker, an apprentice or trainee, a student gaining work experience, a volunteer, or a person of a prescribed class.

We can help

While we at ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING are not qualified to provide legal advice (yet), we do offer professional training and assessment solutions that may assist PCBUs to meet their WHS Act obligations.

We provide tailored programs, which are informed by your context and your worker’s individual needs. Services include, but may not be limited to, load security awarenessheavy vehicle driver licensing, new employee screening, remedial training and assessment, and verification of competency (VOC).

Training and assessment service options include, but may not be limited to, on or off-site programs, company vehicle or vehicle supplied, variable training or assessment ratio, contextualised content and criteria, and in-class or in-vehicle delivery.

For decades, ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING has been the preferred heavy vehicle driver training provider for many Sydney councils and some of Australia’s largest companies.

Contact us today on 1300521289 or info@adt.nsw.edu.au to learn more about managing your obligations, and most importantly, ensuring your drivers are kept safe in the workplace.

Michael Sciberras

Michael is the Chief Executive Officer at ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING. He has 16 years of heavy vehicle training and assessment experience, and is currently studying law at the University of New England.

Primary brake and low gear areas

Issue

Are truck drivers ever permitted to use primary (service/foot) brakes in low gear areas like Mt Ousley?

Rule

Road Rules 2014 (NSW) s 108(1) requires:

If the driver of a truck or bus is driving on a length of road to which a trucks and buses low gear sign applies, the driver must drive the truck or bus in a gear that is low enough to limit the speed of the truck or bus without the use of a primary brake.

Application

If law enforcement requires that the primary brake is not to be used in this context, it is my view that there may be an absurdity in the drafting of this statute. To clarify this point, if a truck driver is maintaining, for example, 35 km/h in a low gear section of road, using a low gear and engine brake, and without the need of the primary brake, the driver may have complied with this law. However, if that same driver in the same context approaches another vehicle from behind, travelling less than 35 km/h, the situation would be such that without the use of the primary brake a collision may occur.

The ordinary and plain meaning of the words ‘without the use of a primary brake’ suggests that the primary brakes are prohibited from use in the low gear signed area.

Unless I am mistaken, the mischief that the statute is enacted to suppress is to prevent excessive use of the primary brake, which may lead to overheating and brake failure.

It is my view that a judge may consider a statutory provision that prohibits an action to prevent an accident as absurd and manifestly wrong. Hence, if a judge agreed, he or she may resort to a Golden Rule means of statutory interpretation to avoid the absurdity. This is because ‘by inadvertence parliament has overlooked an eventuality’ of this statutory provision, as offered by McHugh JA’s comments in Bermingham v Corrective Services Commission of New South Wales. Moreover, it is also reasonable to consider that a judge may arrive at the purpose of the statute by other, perhaps more modern, means.

I cannot accept that it is the intention of the parliament to enact an unqualified prohibition of use of the primary brake, without reconciling the issue of slower moving obstacles in front of the low-geared vehicle. It appears that case law is almost silent on the statutory construction of  ‘without the use of a primary brake’.

Conclusion

It is irrational to think that police or inspectors would sanction drivers in this unreasonable context. However, it appears that industry do not accept that law enforcement are trusted to only apply the rule in the excessive use context, hence the concerns raised in recent times.

Michael Sciberras

Michael is the Chief Executive Officer at ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING. He has 16 years of heavy vehicle training and assessment experience, and is currently studying law at the University of New England.

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Changes to truck licensing expected

The revised Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) provider agreement is its final stages of revision, and it is expected to be ready for comment in early May with providers set to sign up following that. This agreement is the agreement that providers have with the RMS to offer heavy vehicle licensing to the public.

No one knows for sure exactly what changes will be made to the heavy vehicle licensing process in NSW, but there are a few contenders:

Separation of training and assessment – clause 4.2(d)

About 4 years ago, this infamous change saw 20 years of privatised heavy vehicle licensing turned on its head with a requirement for a different assessor to conduct the final assessment. This requires two assessors to conduct an assessment on one candidate. This policy brought significant hardship to regional parts of the state, and consequently, variations were provided to the rule on a needs basis. It is speculated by some in the industry that adjustments to this rule will occur and there is a chance the policy will be dropped entirely.

Video recording of criteria

Currently, the video recording is only of the Final Competency Assessment (FCA), which is the final assessment of the driving elements of the course. This final drive does not include criteria such as load securing, reversing, coupling and uncoupling, and pre checks; thus, these criteria are not captured on the video recording. There is some speculation that the RMS considers this to be too big a risk and therefore may consider requiring all criteria be video recorded.

Adjustment of required hours for licence candidate

For decades, industry groups have pushed for an increase to the minimum course times for truck driver training programs. Some speculate that the release of this new contract might see a long anticipated adjustment to the hours a licence candidate is required to undertake before achieving a licence. Historically, RMS has appeared careful not to impose more than the minimum on candidates and this position has been seen as reasonable as the public are entitled to receive recognition for experiences and acquired skills. Change in this space equals increases in course fees.

Executives at ALLTRUCK DRIVER TRAINING are participating in the scheme review process and will be signing the new contract when it becomes available.

Change can bring an increase in course fees and will bring significant increases if the hours of the courses are increased. Our recommendation is to upgrade your licence in the very near future if you wish to do it at today’s prices.

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80 year old gets a truck licence

About a year ago we were first contacted by an 80 year old gentleman named Michael who was required to pass a aged driver test to keep his Heavy Combination (HC) driver licence.

A member of our team politely questioned Michael’s reasons to not surrender his truck licence,  and Michael declared that he ‘just wanted to keep it’. Our team conceded that it was none of our business to question Michael’s motives, so proceeded to book him in.

We are delighted to report that, after some intensive training from us, Michael passed the aged driver.