Trucking is a lucrative industry with a high demand for truck drivers across the country in industries ranging from construction to logistics and mining. And many advantages come with being a truck driver such as flexible working hours, enjoying the beautiful scenery as you traverse the country, job security, steady pay, etc. However, driving heavy vehicles requires excellent skills to ensure safety on the roads. Therefore, if you are interested in joining the trucking industry, you will need to secure your truck licence first. Here is all you need to know to get started.
Like with any type of licence, a few things will dictate your eligibility for a truck licence. And usually, the requirements for acquiring a truck licence will vary slightly depending on the state or territory that you are in. Generally, you must have a regular car licence before you can be eligible for a truck licence. Therefore, if you don't already have one, enrol in a driving school for the standard car driver's licence. Keep in mind that even if you already have the regular car licence, you must have held it for a certain period, which may vary depending on where you are.
Trucks differ in size and weight. And there are different licences for each type of truck. You need to know what you intend to drive so you can apply for the right licence. The lowest class when it comes to truck licences is the light-rigid licence, and it's what you need to begin with. On completion of your training and acquiring the light-rigid licence, you may apply for the higher classes of truck licences later if you wish to further your truck driving career. These include the medium-rigid, heavy-rigid, heavy-combination and multi-combination licences.
Training and Tests
If you are eligible for a truck driver's licence, you will need to undergo some tests and go through training before you get your licence. First, you will need to take and pass an eyesight test to eliminate any visibility issues that may result in accidents while you're driving. You will also need to pass a knowledge test. Further, you must complete a training course, which you can take in a registered training organisation. Besides the training, you will be required to take on-road assessments of vehicle driving as well as vehicle skills. Keep in mind that before you can pay for the licence fee after completion of all these, you have to meet the national medical standards required for all vehicle drivers
Hi! My name is Ken and this is my auto blog. I am super interested in vehicles of every kind. As a kid, I loved anything with wheels. Two wheels, four wheels, eight wheels. It was all great to me. I grew up hanging around my uncle's garage you see, so I learnt lots of cool things when people brought in their old autos and exchanged them for new ones. I am now 37 years old. Although I didn't enter the auto business myself, I still like to buy and sell the occasional car or truck using the tips and tricks I learnt as a child. Read on to find out more.