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Heavy Vehicle Knowledge Test

The questions contained in the heavy vehicle knowledge tests are sourced from two publications, the ACT Heavy Vehicle Handbook and the Load Restraint Guide, both of which can be purchased from a Access Canberra Shopfront, phone 13 22 81 for current prices.

Alternatively they can be downloaded via the following links:

ACT Heavy Vehicle Drivers Handbook

Load Restraint Guide

The two Heavy Vehicle Knowledge Tests available are:

Rigid Vehicle Knowledge Test

Allows an applicant to learn to drive a Light Rigid (LR), Medium Rigid (MR) and Heavy Rigid (HR) vehicle.

Combination Vehicle Knowledge Test

Allows an applicant to learn to drive a Heavy Combination (HC) or Multi Combination (MC) vehicle. Applicants wishing to apply for an MC licence must undertake the MC Course conducted at  Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC).

The ACT Government Road Transport Authority has mirrored NSW in its approach to providing an updated and modernised Heavy Vehicle Knowledge Test. There are 45 questions in each test and applicants must answer a minimum 41 questions correctly to pass the test. There are five mandatory categories which must be answered correctly. No incorrect answers are permitted in the mandatory categories. Information is displayed on the screen during the Heavy Vehicle Knowledge Test as to the applicant's progress during the test.

The Heavy Vehicle Practice Knowledge Test is located on the Road Ready website at: http://www.roadready.act.gov.au/c/roadready

You will need to select 'Knowledge Trainer', then select 'Heavy Rigid Knowledge Test'

There is a practice test available on this website, electronic copy of the handbook is available above or a hard copy can be purchased from the Access Canberra Shopfront.

How do I get a heavy vehicle drivers licence? 
For heavy vehicle classes Light Rigid (LR) to Multi-Combination (MC), you must meet the  eligibility requirements, then:

  • Undertake and pass the appropriate knowledge test (there are two knowledge tests, one for rigid vehicles and one for combination vehicles). Applicants for a Multi-Combination (MC) licence must also undertake the MC Licence Course with the Government approved provider, currently Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC), and 
  • Undertake and pass a practical driver assessment in a heavy vehicle appropriate to the licence class required

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How and where do I book to do a knowledge test? You do not need to book, simply go to one of our Roadready Centres and undertake the test, Monday to Friday 9am-4pm and Saturdays 9am-11am…. contact us

Can a person on a provisional licence apply for an upgrade to a higher licence classification? Yes, provided that the driver meets the eligibility requirements.

What is the cost of the knowledge test and do I have to make a booking to undertake the knowledge test? The cost of the knowledge test is $42.75 per attempt with a maximum of 2 attempts each day. No booking is required. *Please note: All of our Road Ready offices are CASHLESS*

Where do I book to undertake a practical driver assessment? To book a driver assessment, contact one of the ACT governments approved trainer and assessors. A list is available from the Road Ready centres or any ACT government shopfront.

Do I have to supply my own vehicle for the driver assessment? Licence applicants have the option of providing their own or a company vehicle or arranging to use a vehicle supplied by the assessment provider.

What is the cost of a practical assessment using my own vehicle? The cost of an assessment for vehicles LR to MC varies, depending on the class of licence sought. The current cost can be determined by contacting the private providers.

What is the cost if I use the assessment provider's vehicle? Prices vary according to the type of vehicle used i.e. LR, MR, HR etc, you will need to check this with the provider as vehicle hire costs are a commercial arrangement and are not subject to DUS approval.

Approved Assessors