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The Driver's Handbook

Licence Classes and Minimum Driving Experience

Licence ClassMotor Vehicles Authorised To Be DrivenMinimum Driving Experience
C
  • Any motor vehicle with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) not greater than 4.5 tonne but does not include a bus, motorcycle or motor trike. The motor vehicle may tow a single trailer, subject to the combination mass limits fixed under the Road Traffic Act 1961.
17 years:
  • if you are under the age of 25 you must have held your learner's permit for at least 12 months.
  • if you are aged 25 or over you must have held your learner's permit for at least 6 months.
LR
  • Any motor vehicle from class C.
  • Any other motor vehicle with a GVM not greater than 8 tonne except a motorcycle or motor trike. The motor vehicle may tow a single trailer, subject to the combination mass limits fixed under the Road Traffic Act 1961 or the Heavy Vehicle National Law (South Australia).
 
Must have held a class C for at least one year.
MR
  • Any motor vehicle from class LR.
  • Any other motor vehicle with 2 axles except a motorcycle or motor trike. The motor vehicle may tow a single trailer (other than a semi-trailer) with a GVM not greater than 9 tonne, subject to the combination mass limits fixed under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (South Australia).
  • Any special purpose vehicle with 2 axles and a GVM greater than 8 tonne or 3 or more axles and a GVM not greater than 15 tonne.
Must have held a class C for at least one year.
HR
  • Any motor vehicle from class MR.
  • Any other motor vehicle (including an articulated bus, but not including any other articulated motor vehicle) with 3 or more axles, except a motorcycle or motor trike. The motor vehicle may tow a single trailer (other than a semi-trailer) with a GVM not greater than 9 tonne, subject to the combination mass limits fixed under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (South Australia).
  • Any special purpose vehicle with 3 or more axles and a GVM greater than 15 tonne.
The applicant must have held -
  1. a class C for at least two years;
    or
  2. a class LR or MR for at least one year.
 
HC
  • Any motor vehicle from class HR.
  • Any prime mover to which is attached a single semi-trailer (whether or not any unladen converter dolly or low loader dolly is also attached).
  • Any rigid motor vehicle to which is attached a single trailer with a GVM greater than 9 tonne (whether or not any unladen converter dolly or low loader dolly is also attached).
Must have held a class MR or HR for at least one year.
MC
  • Any motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles except a motorcycle or motor trike.
Must have held a class HC or HR for at least one year.
R-DATE*
  • Any approved motorcycle or motor trike the engine capacity of up to 660ml with a power-to-weight ratio not exceeding 150kw/t.
17 years; and if no other licence is held:
  • if you are under the age of 25 you must have held your learner's permit for at least 12 months.
  • if you are aged 25 or over you must have held your learner's permit for at least 6 months.
 
R
  • Any motorcycle or motor trike.
Must have held a class R-DATE* for at least one year.

* The holder of a driver’s licence endorsed with class R-Date remains restricted to an approved motorcycle or motor trike with an engine capacity up to 660 millilitres with a power to weight ratio up to 150 kw/t for 12 months from the date of issue of that class. Once the 12 month period has lapsed the holder can commence riding any motorcycle or motor trike, despite the class still being endorsed as R-Date.

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