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This information is what is on the Transport SA Web Site as at 30/3/2006 and where there is a link to a Customer Service Centre or More information and gross vehicle mass (GVM) it is to the Transport SA Web Site. EOE

On 1 November 1998 South Australia adopted the nationally agreed common licence classes and condition codes developed by the National Road Transport Commission. Licence classes and condition codes now mean the same in all States and Territories of Australia.
More information and definitions are available at national common licence classes & condition codes.
The number of licence classes has been reduced from 12 to 8
Class: C (old class: Car) the holder may drive
  • any motor vehicle with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) not exceeding 4500 kg (but not including buses designed to carry more than 12 seated persons, motor bikes and motor trikes)
    eg sedans, station wagons, panel vans, utilities, light delivery vans, small trucks, special purpose vehicles (eg. farm machines, small tractors, forklifts or other like machinery)
  • small articulated vehicles provided the GVM of the towing vehicle does not exceed 4500 kg.
    eg small truck towing a horse float, trailer or caravan.
may tow
  • trailer, horse float, caravan or farm implement
may not drive
  • an articulated motor vehicle where the GVM of the towing vehicle exceeds 4500 kg
  • buses designed to carry more than 12 seated persons
  • motor bikes or motor trikes
Minimum age/driving experience
  • 16 years 6 months
Class: LR (old class: SB) the holder may drive
  • any motor vehicle covered by class C
     
  • any motor vehicle with a GVM exceeding 4500 kg but not exceeding 8000 kg.
     
  • eg trucks, vans, tippers, special purpose vehicles and buses designed to carry 13 or more seated persons.
     
  • medium articulated vehicles, provided the GVM of the towing vehicle does not exceed 8000 kg.
may tow
  • any farm implement or any trailer, provided the overall mass is within the gross combination mass (GCM) of the towing vehicle
may not drive
  • an articulated motor vehicle where the GVM of the towing vehicle exceeds 8000 kg
     
  • the combination of a vehicle and trailer where the laden mass of the combination exceeds the GCM of the towing vehicle
     
  • motor bikes or motor trikes
Minimum age/driving experience
  • must have held a class C Driverís Licence for at least one year
Class: MR (old classes: LT, LB) the holder may drive
  • any motor vehicle covered by class LR
  • any motor vehicle with 2 axles and a GVM greater than 8000 kg
    eg 2 axle trucks, tippers and buses.
  • 3 axle motor vehicles, but only where the GVM is 8000 kg or less
  • any special purpose vehicle with two or more axles and an unladen mass not exceeding 15000 kg
  • medium articulated vehicles, provided the GVM of the towing vehicle does not exceed 8000 kg
may tow
  • any farm implement or any trailer with a GVM not exceeding 9000 kg, provided it is within the GCM of the towing vehicle
may not drive
  • an articulated motor vehicle where the GVM of the towing vehicle exceeds 8000 kg
  • the combination of a vehicle and trailer where the GVM of the trailer exceeds 9000 kg
  • motor bikes or motor trikes
Minimum age/driving experience
  • must have held a class C Driverís Licence for at least one year
    Driverís Licence must be carried if driving a vehicle over 8000 kg GVM.
Class: HR (old classes: HT, HB) the holder may drive
  • any motor vehicle covered by class MR
  • any motor vehicle with 3 or more axles
    eg trucks and tippers.
  • any special purpose vehicle
  • medium articulated vehicles, provided the GVM of the towing vehicle does not exceed 8000 kg
  • any bus (including articulated buses)
may tow
  • any farm implement or any trailer with a GVM not exceeding 9000 kg, provided it is within the GCM of the towing vehicle
may not drive
  • an articulated motor vehicle where the GVM of the towing vehicle exceeds 8000 kg
  • the combination of a vehicle and trailer where the GVM of the trailer exceeds 9000 kg
  • motor bikes or motor trikes
Minimum age/driving experience
  • must have held a class C Driverís Licence for at least two years
  • or a class LR or MR Driverís Licence for at least one year
    Driverís Licence must be carried if driving a vehicle over 8000 kg GVM.
Class: HC (old class: HA) the holder may drive
  • any motor vehicle covered by class HR
  • a prime mover to which is attached a single semi-trailer (whether or not any unladen convertor dolly is also attached)
  • a rigid motor vehicle to which is attached a single trailer with a GVM greater than 9000 kg (whether or not any unladen convertor dolly is also attached)
may not drive
  • B doubles
  • Road Trains
  • motor bikes or motor trikes
Minimum age/driving experience
  • must have held a class MR or HR Driverís Licence for at least one year
    Driverís Licence must be carried if driving a vehicle over 8 tonne GVM.
Class: HC (with condition X- restricted to 24000 kg GCM) (old class: LA)

Same as HC above, but the holder is only authorised to drive a combination of a prime mover and semi-trailer, and a combination of a rigid truck and trailer, provided the GCM of the towing vehicle does not exceed 24000 kg
Class: MC (old classes: DA, RT) the holder may drive
  • any motor vehicle covered by class HC
  • B doubles
  • Road Trains
may not drive
  • motor bikes or motor trikes
Minimum age/driving experience
  • must have held a class HC or HR Driverís Licence for at least one year
    Driverís Licence must be carried if driving a vehicle over 8 tonne GVM.
Class: R-DATE*(old class: BIKE-DATE) the holder may drive any motor bike or motor trike the engine capacity up to 660ml with a power-to-weight ratio of 150kw/t
*The holder of a Driverís Licence endorsed R-DATE remains restricted to a motor bike or motor trike the engine capacity of which does not exceed 660ml with a power-to-weight ratio of 150kw/t until he or she is granted a licence endorsed R, despite the fact that the date included on the classification has passed.
may not drive
  • motor vehicles covered by any other class.
Minimum age/driving experience
  • 16 years 6 months
Class: R (old class: BIKE) the holder may drive
  • any motor bike or motor trike
may not drive
  • motor vehicles covered by any other class (except R-Date)
Minimum age/driving experience
  • must have held a class R-Date Driver's Licence for at least one year.
     
NB: The holder of any class of Driverís Licence is authorised to ride a Ďsmall motor bikeí. A Ďsmall motor bikeí
  • has a mass not exceeding 65 kg
  • an engine capacity not exceeding 50 millilitres
  • is fitted with automatic transmission
  • is not capable of being propelled by its engine to a speed exceeding 50 km/h.
The holder of a learnerís permit cannot ride a Ďsmall motor bikeí, unless the learnerís permit is for class R-DATE or R.

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