Heavy vehicle driving test

In areas where Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) is not available, you can take a heavy vehicle driving test with a Roads and Maritime Services testing officer.

Taking a heavy vehicle driving test

In areas where HVCBA is not available, you can take a heavy vehicle driving test with a Roads and Maritime testing officer.

Please note, not all locations offer heavy vehicle testing.

Applicants for licence class MC are not eligible to complete a heavy vehicle driving test. Applicants for a class MC licence must complete HVCBA.

Important: Before you can take the driving test, you must have passed the knowledge test for the class of licence you’re applying for.

When you’re ready to take the test you need to:

When you attend the registry or service centre to take your test, you’ll need to:

Once you pass your driving test, you’ll need to pay the appropriate fee to upgrade your licence.

Once you pay the required fee, your photo will be taken. Depending on which location you attend, your licence card will either be handed over the counter or posted to you. If it’s posted, you’ll receive a temporary paper licence, which you can use to drive a heavy vehicle until your new card arrives.

Vehicles for tests

You can be tested in your own vehicle, as long as it is registered and roadworthy, and the right type of vehicle for the licence class you're applying for.

See Vehicles for assessments and tests for more information.

What happens during the test?

During your heavy vehicle driving test, the testing officer will check your performance on a number of tasks. Most checks are performed at specific locations along the test route. Some checks are assessed continuously during the test, such as your ability to use the vehicle controls. The testing officer will mark a test sheet with either ‘YES’ or ‘NO’ for each check. You need a score of at least 95%, and no fail items, to pass the test.

If you do anything during the test that is unsafe or against the law, you will fail.

Some of the checks you’ll need to complete are:

  • Braking to a line
  • Maintaining safe buffer zones
  • Selecting when to merge or enter a stream of traffic
  • Observing and using mirrors
  • Selecting appropriate speed and vehicle positioning when turning
  • Coordinating gears, clutch, accelerator and other major controls
  • Signalling correctly.

As part of the test, you’ll also need to describe to the testing officer a pre-departure check. If you’re applying for an HC licence, you’ll also need to describe the process for coupling and uncoupling heavy combination vehicles.

Test manoeuvres

During the test, you’ll need to demonstrate particular manoeuvres for the type of vehicle you’re being tested in and the class of licence you’re applying for.

Manoeuvre Licence class and vehicle type
Long reverse MR truck, MR bus, HR truck, HC bus, HC
Bus stop skills MR bus, HR bus
Reverse park LR truck, LR bus, MR truck, MR bus, HR truck, HR bus, HC
U-turn (3-point turn) LR truck, LR bus
Kerbside stop LR truck, LR bus, MR truck, MR bus, HR truck, HR bus, HC
Pre-departure check MR truck, MR bus, HR truck, HR bus, HC
Coupling and uncoupling HC

Tips for taking the test

  • Remember to activate your hazard warning lights before starting to reverse
  • Where practical, signal at least 60m before turning, changing lanes or merging.
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