Australian Licence Classes Explained

List of Australian Vehicle Licence Codes (Simplified)

(GVM = Vehicle Weight + Load Weight)

 

Licence Code

Description

 
 

C - Car

Less than 4.5 tonnes GVM and carrying 12 or less people.  
 

R - Motorcycle

   
 

LR - Light Rigid

Truck - 4.5 to 8  tonnes GVM    
 

MR - Medium Rigid

Truck - greater then 8  tonnes GVM with a single rear axle  
 

HR - Heavy Rigid

Truck - greater then 8  tonnes GVM with a two rear axles  
 

HC - Heavy Combination

Truck -  Semi Trailer - One articulation point   
  MC - Multi Combination Truck - B Double or Road Train - 2 or more articulation points (2 or more trailers)  

 

 

 

 

List of Australian Vehicle Licence Codes (Detailed)

 

Licence Code

Description

 
 

LR - Light Rigid

1.    A motor vehicle authorised to be driven by a licence of the preceding class.
2.    A motor vehicle with a GVM greater than 4.5 t but not greater than 8 t.
(e.g. trucks, vans, tippers, special purpose vehicles, and buses designed to carry 13 or more seated persons)
3.    A bus with a GVM not greater than 8 t.
4.    A motor vehicle included in 2 or 3 towing a single trailer, subject to the combination mass limits fixed under the Road Traffic Act 1961.
MAY TOW: - any farm implement. Any trailer provided the overall mass is within the Gross Combination Mass (GCM) of the towing vehicle.
DRIVER’S LICENCE MUST BE CARRIED IF DRIVING A VEHICLE OVER 4.5 TONNE GVM

Must have held a class C for at least one year.

 
       
 

MR - Medium Rigid

1.    A motor vehicle authorised to be driven by a licence of a preceding class.
2.    A motor vehicle with two axles and a GVM greater than 8 t (e.g. two axle trucks, tippers and buses).
3.    A motor vehicle included in 2 towing a single trailer (other than a semi-trailer) with a GVM not greater than 9 t, subject to the combination mass limits fixed under the Road Traffic Act 1961.
4.    A special purpose vehicle with a GVM not greater than 15 t.
MAY TOW: Any farm implement. Any trailer with a GVM not exceeding 9000 kg provided it is within the GCM of the towing vehicle.
DRIVER’S LICENCE MUST BE CARRIED IF DRIVING A VEHICLE OVER 4.5 TONNE GVM

Must have held a class C for at least one year.

 
       
 

HR - Heavy Rigid

1.    A motor vehicle authorised to be driven by a licence of a preceding class.
2.    A motor vehicle (including an articulated bus but not including any other articulated motor vehicle) with three or more axles and a GVM greater than 8 t (e.g. any bus (including articulated buses) trucks and tippers).
3.    A motor vehicle included in 2 towing a single trailer (other than a semi-trailer) with a GVM not greater than 9 t, subject to the combination mass limits fixed under the Road Traffic Act 1961.
MAY TOW: - any farm implement. Any trailer with a GVM not exceeding 9000kg provided it is within the GCM of the towing vehicle.
DRIVER’S LICENCE MUST BE CARRIED IF DRIVING A VEHICLE OVER 4.5 TONNE GVM

Must have held:
(a) a class C for at least two years or
(b) a class LR or MR for at least one year.

 
       
 

HC - Heavy Combination

1.    A motor vehicle authorised to be driven by a licence of a preceding class.
2.    A prime mover to which is attached a single semi-trailer (whether or not any unladen converter dolly or low loader dolly is also attached).
3.    A rigid motor vehicle to which is attached a single trailer with a GVM greater than 9 t (whether or not any unladen converter dolly or low loader dolly is also attached).
DRIVER’S LICENCE MUST BE CARRIED IF DRIVING A VEHICLE OVER 4.5 TONNE GVM

Must have held a class MR or HR for at least one year.

 
       
  MC - Multi Combination

1.    Any motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles except a motor bike or motor trike (Includes B doubles; road trains)
DRIVER’S LICENCE MUST BE CARRIED IF DRIVING A VEHICLE OVER 4.5 TONNE GVM

Must have held a class HR or HC for at least one year.

 

For further information please visit the SA Govt Website