What is a HR Licence in Victoria?
You Can Get A Truck Licence in Dandenong & Seaford
You are looking into a possible career in the trucking and transport industries, and you have stumbled upon the license categories for heavy vehicles. You are looking at terms like light rigid (LR), medium rigid (MR) and heavy rigid (HR), but you aren’t sure exactly what they mean. For instance, perhaps you’ve heard that an HR Licence will make you a more competitive trucking professional in Victoria, but you aren’t sure why.
At COVE Training, we provide all types of truck licence courses. If you are eyeing off a truck licence, though, read on to learn a bit more about what it is or why it is so valuable in the trucking industry.
Heavy Vehicle Licence and HR Licence: What Are They?
Every person who decides to pursue a career in the trucking industry will have to start exactly where you are, navigating the differences between licence types. The good news is that all of the terminology is pretty easy to master. For instance, ‘heavy vehicle license’ is just a broad category that encompasses all of the licence types for larger or heavier vehicles. If a vehicle weighs more than 4.5 tonnes in gross mass volume (GVM) or if it seats 12 or more adults, it qualifies as a ‘heavy vehicle’ and requires the driver to have a special license.
Heavy rigid licences are not at the top of the heavy vehicle licence pyramid. On the contrary, heavy combination (HC) and multi combination (MC) licences cover even larger, longer and more difficult to drive vehicles. These classes typically encompass movers with particularly long and heavy semi-trailers (or multiple semi-trailers connected together).
An Heavy Vehicle licence in the state of Victoria sits in the middle of the spectrum. A heavy rigid vehicle is a ‘rigid’ truck or bus, which means that it exists as one section and does not normally tow a trailer. The rigidity of a vehicle affects its turning capability and overall manoeuvrability. A heavy rigid vehicle is a rigid vehicle that weighs more than 8 tonnes and has three or more wheel axles. If an HR vehicle must tow a trailer, the trailer cannot weigh more than 9 tonnes.
In other words, if you hold the right truck license in Melbourne or Dandenong, you are certified to drive the largest rigid vehicles in the trucking industry. Holding this type of licence (or an MR license) is also a prerequisite for obtaining an HC license. You must have a Victorian driver’s license that has been valid for at least 24 months to apply for an HR licence.
Get Your Truck License with COVE Training Today
As you can see, a heavy rigid license is the perfect starting point no matter what you are hoping to achieve in the trucking industry. To start your training in Dandenong, contact us at COVE Training. We can tell you more about the courses we offer and get you enrolled today.
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