Get a LR (Light Rigid) Truck Licence

LR (Light Rigid) Truck Licence

The information below is about how to get the LR (Light Rigid) Driver’s Licence.

How many lessons will I need?

This can vary greatly based on knowledge, skills, experience, and nerves under test conditions, but the average is 2-6 hours of lessons. It may be more or less, but after your first lesson, we can advise you on approximately how many lessons you will need all up.

There are a number of course options:

Program 1: Experienced ($450 GST exempt)

2 hours of training, then a 30 minute driving test
Includes the Qld Government Test Booking Fee = $67.40
Does not include heavy vehicle learner’s permit

Program 2: Intermediate ($550 GST exempt)

3 hours of training, then a 30 minute driving test
Qld Government Test Booking Fee = $67.40
Does not include heavy vehicle learner’s permit

Program 3: Introductory ($650 GST exempt)

4 hours of training, then a 30 minute driving test
Qld Government Test Booking Fee = $67.40
Does not include heavy vehicle learner’s permit

Additional training: $100/hour (no GST).

For a 45 minute warm up and test – $300 no gst (includes Qld gov. test booking fee)


  • All training sessions start/finish from 1 Robson Street, Clontarf (unless other arrangements have been made – NB if additional travel is required, additional fees will apply).
  • Tests can be booked at the following Qld Transport Departments: Redcliffe, Zillmere, Strathpine, Caboolture (Monday to Friday) – we can book on your behalf as well to assist you.
  • The heavy vehicle learner’s licence fee is NOT INCLUDED IN THESE PRICES.

How do I get a heavy vehicle learner’s permit?

Heavy Vehicle Learners Questions to be undertaken at the Department of Transport and Main Roads prior to the practical driving test. This fee is paid directly to the Department of Transport and Main Roads. You can practice the questions on the internet but you physically have to go to a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre and answer 10 multiple-choice questions.

If you copy and paste the web address below, paste it into your web browser then hit return it will take you to the heavy vehicle practice questions on the transport main roads website.

Make sure you can answer all of the practice questions as they are the ones on the actual written test at Transport Main Roads.

You do not need to have these questions done before you take the practical test, but you will only get your heavy vehicle licence when you have successfully passed both the written and practical tests.

Light Rigid (LR) Licence Classification

A “LIGHT RIGID (LR)” is a bus or truck (including a prime mover or a mobile crane) with a gross vehicle mass of over 4.5 tonnes to a maximum of 8 tonnes (no axle limit) – or any vehicle that seats more than 12 passengers (including the driver) to a maximum of 8 tonnes.

Note: You may also tow a trailer with a maximum weight of 9t GVM


You must have held a car licence for at least 12 months to be eligible.

What can I drive with an LR driving licence?

The LR licence covers you to drive small trucks (up to 8 tonne GVM) and mini-buses, such as Toyota Commuters, Coasters, Mitsubishi Rosas and most small motor homes

Note: Even though you need a LR Licence if you are driving a vehicle carrying more than 12 people (including the driver), for testing purposes you cannot use a vehicle under 4.5 tonne GVM, such as a Toyota Commuter.

What is the test day procedure?

  • Meet a trainer at (Queensland Transport– unless otherwise arranged) for a one hour warm up session before the assessment. Bring your licence
  • It is a requirement to arrive at the Test Centre 10 minutes before test time
  • Read “A Message from your Driving Examiner
  • Go out on test with an examiner
  • While on the driving test the examiner is required to give clear and early directions. At times examiners will chat with you, and other times they may remain quiet. Don’t allow nerves or the examiner’s personality put you off the task at hand which is to drive safely and obtain your licence
  • When the test is completed the examiner will discuss errors with you and then inform you if the test was a pass or a fail
  • If you pass, you will receive a new licence from the customer service centre when the paper work has been completed (usually 10-15 min)
  • If you fail, then another practical test will need to be done
  • Make sure you have paid any outstanding driving fines.

Q: How long will the test go for?

The on-road driving test times for the LR vehicle licence classes are: LR 30 minutes

The LR will be an automatic vehicle.

Each test will be approx. 35 minutes long and be with a driving examiner.

Q: What will be assessed on the test?

Pre-Drive Checks

  • Mirrors and Blind Spots
  • Headlights/Dip
  • Washers/Wipers
  • Demister/Air Conditioning
  • Hazard Lights
  • Seat Adjustment/Seatbelt/Airbags
  • Horn

Vehicle Operation Skills

  • Ancillary Controls (eg wipers)
  • Accelerator Control
  • Gear Changing
  • Steering Control and Operation
  • Braking Techniques
  • Road Position
  • Cornering (left and right)
  • Bends

Hazard Recognition and Decision Making Skills

  • Observation and Scanning Techniques
  • Shoulder Checks / Blind Spot Management
  • Mirror Checks
  • Signalling (5 seconds / 30 metres)
  • Identifying and Managing Traffic Hazards
  • Judgement (including “Give Way”)
  • Safety Margins (space to the sides, following distance – 2 seconds)
  • Progress (driving to conditions)
  • Signs (eg Stop / Give Way)
  • Signals (eg Traffic Lights)
  • Markings (eg painted arrows)
  • Speed – driving over the posted speed limit or at a speed that is inappropriate given the driving conditions (e.g. rain, fog, traffic volume, traffic flow).


  • Reverse Around a Corner
  • Hill Start
  • Gear Changing (automatics only)

Reversing exercise requirements (class LR, MR and HR)

Reverse the vehicle around a corner as if reversing into a loading bay. The manoeuvre can be conducted in a left or right-hand direction.

The manoeuvre should be commenced from a position parallel to and within 2m of the left road edge or kerb. At the completion of the exercise, the vehicle should be parallel to and within 2m of the edge or kerb.

The applicant should be given two attempts to successfully reverse the vehicle around a corner. In each attempt, two reverse movements and one forward movement is allowed.

The forward movement for left and right reverse can be as far as the edge or kerb.

This exercise should be done predominantly using the mirrors when observing to the rear. An occasional glance over the shoulder is allowed.

Hill start requirements (class LR, MR, HR and HC)

Move off smoothly from a stationary position and travel up a moderate incline without rolling back

In class LR, MR and HR vehicles not moving from a parked position, the hand brake should be used to secure the vehicle when waiting to move off on a hill.

Test Information – Error Types

NCDE: a non-critical driving error

An NCDE is an error that does not by itself compromise safety to road users or the safe operation of the vehicle.

There are specific scoring criteria defining NCDEs as they relate to each performance check. For example, for the performance check of steering control and operation, the criteria for an NCDE include “operates the steering device incorrectly” or “does not steer a steady course”. Accumulated NCDEs never add up to result in a CDE.

An NCDE that is incurred by an applicant should be marked on the DAR/RAR as an NCDE for one test element only and not also scored as an NCDE error for other test elements. Nine or more NCDEs must be accumulated over the course of the test for an unsuccessful result.

The test runs its full course even after the applicant has accumulated nine NCDEs, however, the overall test result is considered unsuccessful.

SRDE: a specific repeated driving error

An SRDE is marked when an applicant accumulates a specified number of NCDEs for an individual performance check. SRDEs can only be marked for a few of the performance checks, such as signalling and steering control.

The DAR form includes error boxes showing the number of NCDEs that result in an SRDE being recorded. For example, if an applicant accumulates six signalling errors, this constitutes one SRDE.

The test runs its full course even after the applicant has accumulated one SRDE, however, the overall test result is considered unsuccessful.

CDE: a critical driving error

A CDE is a driving error that compromises the safety of any road user or indicates an inappropriate level of skill or ability. There are specific scoring criteria that define CDEs for most of the performance checks.

For example, for the performance check of steering, the criteria are “loses control of steering” or “removes both hands from the steering device while the vehicle is in motion”. If a CDE occurs, the test is terminated and the applicant is directed back to the test centre by the shortest, safest possible route.

CDEs are more serious than NCDEs. The applicant needs to accumulate only one CDE to result in test termination and an unsuccessful test result.

General critical driving errors

GCDEs are CDEs that are not related to any of the performance checks. Receiving one GCDE results in test termination and the applicant is directed back to the testing centre by the shortest or safest possible route. This is the same outcome as receiving a CDE related to a performance check.

There are four GCDEs that can be marked in the test:

  • Intervention by the DE
  • Collision
  • Dangerous action
  • Disobeys an official direction.

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