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Test vehicle requirements

You must bring a safe, suitable vehicle to use for your  practical driving test. You will only be allowed to take your test if:

  • your vehicle is currently registered (registration number required)
  • your vehicle is roadworthy
  • you have correctly displayed L-plates on your vehicle
  • you have obtained the registered operator's permission for the vehicle to be used in the test
  • your vehicle meets the requirements for the licence class you are applying for.
  • your vehicle is not a personally imported vehicle with airbags fitted.

If your vehicle requires a certificate  of inspection (COI) (such as heavy vehicles, buses, taxis and  booked hire vehicles), you will only be allowed to take your test if your  vehicle has a current inspection recorded.

Personally imported  vehicles with airbags fitted cannot be used for a practical driving test due to  the Takata Airbag Recall. There is currently no way to verify if the airbags in  these vehicles are faulty and therefore cannot be used for the test.

Vehicle requirements
Licence class Vehicle requirements
RE A learner approved motorcycle

You cannot take a test on a moped, conditionally registered motorcycle, a motorcycle with a sidecar attached or a motortrike

R A motorcycle that is not on the learner approved motorcycle list

You cannot take a test on a conditionally registered motorcycle, a motorcycle with a sidecar attached or a motortrike
C A vehicle that weighs a maximum of 4.5t GVM, built or fitted to carry no more than 12 adults, including the driver

You cannot take the test on a motorcycle or moped
LR A bus or truck that weighs between 4.5t GVM and 8t You cannot take the test in either:
  • a vehicle that is less than or equal to 4.5t GVM that is built or fitted to seat more than 12 adults (including the driver)
    or
  • a  bobtail prime mover
MR A bus or truck with a maximum of 2 axles that weighs more than 8t

If the vehicle weighs more than 12t, you must bring at least 3 portable warning triangles

You can not take the test in a bobtail prime mover
HR A bus or truck with 3 or more axles that weighs more than 15t

You must bring at least 3 portable warning triangles You cannot take the test in a bobtail prime mover

Additional requirements for a rigid truck are:
  • Body and turntable mounting meets modification codes J1 and P2 and approved by an authorised officer
  • Body must be at least 2.4m wide
  • Body construction must allow loading of 75% of vehicle’s RGVM
  • Vehicle must have a suitable load restraint system (i.e. tie down points, coaming rails, rope rails)
  • Turntable may be attached or protruding through a hole in the body floor provided a test load could be restrained
  • Body construction and turntable positioning must comply with Australian Standard 2174.1994
Note: Modified prime movers capable of carrying a load may be used as a test vehicle when fitted with the body and certified by an authorised person

A truck to be used for a HR test may be fitted with a lift axle. The vehicle is required to comply with the Australian Design Rule (ADR) in that the vehicle must be ADR compliant when it has 3 axles on the ground.
HC Option 1: A prime mover that weighs more than 15t GVM with at least 3 axles, towing a semitrailer with at least 2 axles.

Option 2:
A truck that weighs more than 15t GVM with at least 3 axles, towing a trailer weighing more than 9t GVM with at least 2 axles You must bring at least 3 portable warning triangles