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Heavy Vehicle Learners Licence
Updated 7th March, 2014
Did you know that you can practise the for your heavy vehicle learners road rules test? Try answering the question below:
What is the minimum rest period for a solo driver of a fatigue regulated heavy vehicle, who has completed 12 hours work operation under standard work and rest arrangements?
12 continuous hours
6 continuous hours
7 continuous hours
8 continuous hours
Click HERE to find out the answer and try answering more practise questions. You must get 8 correct answers out of 10 questions to be successful in gaining your heavy vehicle learners licence.
Penalty for learner drivers whilst driving unaccompanied
Updated 14th February, 2014
Did you know that there was an increase in loss of points for learner drivers who drive while unaccompanied?
From 1st March 2012 demerit points increased from 1 to 4. The fine of $176 has remained unchanged along with the maximum court imposed penalty of $2200. This applies to anyone of any age learning to drive any vehicle (for example a car, truck or motorbike) on a road.
UD Class no longer issued to new applicants
6th February, 2014
The specially constructed vehicle licence class, class UD, is listed separately on your licence. However, the class UD is no longer issued to new applicants—specially constructed vehicles may be driven under the authority of a class C provisional, probationary or open licence. Mobile cranes over 4.5t GVM cannot be driven on a class C licence—you will need the appropriate class of heavy vehicle licence to drive a mobile crane.
Class UD licences issued prior to 1 January 2014 are still recognised and holders are authorised to drive specially constructed vehicles—mobile cranes that do not have a chassis substantially like a truck can be driven on a class UD licence until 31 December 2015. From 1 January 2016, class UD licence holders will be required to hold the appropriate class of heavy vehicle licence to drive mobile cranes.
Class Code Vehicles you can drive under this class code
A specially constructed vehicle with or without a trailer.
A specially constructed vehicle is:
an agricultural machine (such as a tractor or harvester) which is a self-powered machine built to perform agricultural tasks and used for agricultural purposes (such as harvesting)
a crane, other than a mobile crane of more than 4.5t GVM, or a hoist or load shifting equipment
any other motor vehicle that is not constructed to carry passengers or a load, except things used in performing the vehicle's function.
This class does not include a motor vehicle with a chassis that is substantially the same as a truck chassis, or a motorcycle.
Note: mobile cranes over 4.5t GVM may be driven on a class UD licence until 31 December 2015.
New cycling rules
Whether you travel on 2 wheels, 4 wheels or more, we all need to get along and share the road safely.
That’s why the Queensland Government has introduced new laws that set a minimum passing distance and equal fines for cyclists with motorists.
These rules are designed to protect all users and recognise the vulnerability of cyclists on our roads, and are just some of the ways the government is delivering safer Queensland roads.
What are the new rules?
Minimum passing distance for motorists
By law motorists must give:
a minimum of 1 metre when passing cyclists in a 60km/h or less speed zone
at least 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60km/h.
Motorists will be allowed to cross centre lines, including double unbroken centre lines, straddle lane-lines or drive on painted islands to pass cyclists provided the driver has a clear view of any approaching traffic and it is safe to do so.
The minimum passing distance will be trialled for 2 years and will help make drivers more aware of cyclists.
Learn more about the road rules, road safety and fines.