This is a common question for those looking to start their career in the mines, and an important one.
A Heavy Rigid (HR) vehicle licence allows you to drive heavy vehicles with three or more axles and a gross vehicle mass greater than 8,000 kg, and tow a trailer with a maximum GVM of 9,000 kg.
Within the context of mining, the HR-Licence allows staff to operate heavy-duty trucks and vehicles that are found across mine sites. So if you’re planning on launching a long-term surface drilling career, you will need to upgrade your licence sooner than later.
“What’s the Difference between HR-A and HR-B?”
The main difference between an HR-A and an HR-B is the type of gearbox you’re licenced to use. With an HR-A licence, you can operate a heavy vehicle with an automatic gearbox. In contrast, with an HR-B licence, you can operate a heavy vehicle with either an automatic or synchromesh gearbox.
Different companies utilise a variety of types of heavy rigid gearboxes, which is why various sites require either HR-A or HR-B.
“How do I upgrade my Licence to HR?”
A Heavy Rigid (HR) vehicle licence can only be upgraded from an unrestricted manual C class licence, which has been held for at least 2 years. To upgrade your licence, you will have to complete and pass a full training course and assessment, which can cost upwards of $900!
That is where we can help…
Did you know True Resources organises the training and covers the cost of HR-Licence upgrades during our onboarding process for successful Offsider candidates? Reach out to our team to get started.