Which driver’s licence?
Driver's licensing laws differ according to which state or territory you live in but there are still similarities.
A standard driver licence classification system is used across Australia.
- C Car
- R Rider
- LR Light Rigid
- MR Medium Rigid
- HR Heavy Rigid
- HC Heavy Combination
- MC Multi-Combination
If you hold a Class C licence, which is the one that most drivers have, you can drive a vehicle up to 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass (GVM). This includes cars, utilities, vans, some light trucks, car-based motor tricycles, tractors and implements such as graders, as well as vehicles that seat up to 12 adults, including the driver.
Motorcycle riders require a Class R licence.
The cost of your driver's licence will vary according to which class you require. Typically, a heavy vehicle licence will cost more than a car licence.
In most cases, savings can be made by purchasing ahead (1-5 years in some states), which also saves you the hassle of having to renew your licence annually. You can check with your relevant transport authority whether this option is available.