Currently, truck driving is one of the highest-paying skilled jobs in Australia. This is due to the high demand for truck drivers as well as the challenging nature of the job. Truck driving requires both physical and mental stamina, as well as a strong understanding of safety procedures.
What is an HRV driver and what do they do?
A Heavy Rigid Vehicle Driver is someone who drives trucks, buses, or other large vehicles. Heavy rigid vehicle drivers are often described as “tough,” and they are responsible for ensuring that these large pieces of equipment are not damaged or turned upside down. HRV drivers have a sharp focus, a pleasant disposition, and exceptional manual abilities. They’re also physically fit and can focus for extended periods of time in risky situations where breaks aren’t possible or appropriate.
HRV drivers have the unique privilege of being able to drive vehicles with unlimited gross vehicle mass and tow trailers up to 9 tonnes without axle limitations. These heavy-duty trucks may include buses, fire engines, or articulated buses that feature more than two axles on their frame. That is why being responsible is an essential trait of an HRV driver.
What does it take to become an HRV driver?
A high school diploma is sufficient to obtain a truck driving position. A driver must be able to read, write, and understand instructions and road signs.
To obtain an HR-Class or HC-Class licence, you must first pass a Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) with a Registered Training Organization (i.e., a truck driving school).
You can select your training provider from a list of registered providers. It is recommended that you conduct thorough research because different training providers have varying levels of experience and employ various techniques when teaching you to drive, but all must adhere to a specific curriculum in order to certify your skills.
While numerous organizations provide truck driving training, Chris Shilling Transport Training is one of the most well-known truck driving schools.
Getting a license
To become a professional trucker, you must first obtain your license. After passing the HVCBA (or equivalent), you can apply to have your new heavy vehicle licence printed and made official.
There are five different types of heavy vehicle licenses, as follows:
- LR Licence (Light Rigid)
This licence allows you to drive a bus or truck weighing more than 4.5 tonnes but less than 8 tonnes.
- MR Licence (Medium Rigid)
This is the most adaptable of the ‘entry level’ licences, allowing you to drive a bus or truck larger than 8t GVM if it has no more than two axles.
- HR Licence (Heavy Rigid)
With the HR Licence, you can drive much larger and more useful rigid trucks. This includes vehicles with at least three axels and a GVM of more than eight tonnes.
- HC Licence (Heavy Combination)
The HC Licence allows you to drive a prime mover over 8t GVM with a semi-trailer over 9t GVM. It also allows you to drive a truck with a GVM greater than 8t with a trailer with a GVM greater than 9t.
- MC Licence (Multi Combination)
An MC Licence is the most powerful vehicle licence available. It allows you to drive any legal motor vehicle, except a motorcycle. It is required for those who want to drive B-Doubles or road trains.
It is crucial to check the classification of your vehicle to ensure that you have the appropriate class of license to drive it.
The benefits of becoming an HRV Driver
There you go, you passed the assessment, and you have your license. You are now ready to become an HRV driver! What are the benefits waiting for you? Here are some:
- Get paid to explore the country.
- Job Security
- Excellent Salary
- Flexible working hours
Indeed, the process of becoming an HRV driver is simple and straightforward. But always remember to stay safe on the road. Remember that your health and safety come first, so if you don’t feel comfortable driving in certain conditions, please do not take risks. Always be aware of your surroundings and other drivers on the road. Happy driving!