The opportunity to upgrade from a heavy combination (HC) driving licence to a multi-combination (MC) driving licence is recommended for experienced drivers. An MC licence opens up many driving opportunities in various industries, including construction, logistics, and agriculture. It means you can drive a heavy combination vehicle with more than one trailer. That said, one must fulfil specific requirements to be eligible for an MC licence. For instance, you must be an HC licence holder and have had an HR licence for at least a year. However, an applicant can be exempted from MC licence eligibility requirements in special circumstances. This article highlights a few such cases.
Urgent Transportation of Produce by Family Member
You can apply for an MC licence requirement exemption if you are the immediate family member of a primary agricultural producer. This is especially the case if you require an MC licence to operate a multi-combination vehicle to help run urgent farm tasks such as transporting grains to a silo. Information that should be part of the application includes your relationship with the primary producer, address and location of the farming property, nature of the produce and details of the MC vehicle you will operate. Notably, you and the primary producer must sign an application form before sending it to Service SA Customer Service Centre. Upon approval of your application, you are required to take an MC-vehicle driving test, after which you are issued with a restricted licence.
Urgent Harvesting Purposes
Late harvesting of farm produce leads to low market value and losses. Therefore, farmers must prepare well for the harvesting period. However, unforeseen circumstances can affect a worker's ability to operate a multi-combination vehicle during harvesting, forcing an unqualified worker to take over. Such cases allow an HC licence holder to apply for exemption from MC Licence eligibility requirements. Notably, a duly signed statement from an employer confirming the applicant's employment on the farm is crucial to the application process. A restricted MC licence is issued if an applicant passes the driving test.
Overseas MC Driving Experience
Australia offers exceptional employment opportunities, explaining the influx of immigrants looking for work. Therefore, if you are experienced in operating an MC vehicle and hold an overseas MC licence, you can apply for an exemption from the minimum driving requirements. However, you need to provide a copy of your overseas MC licence, evidence of your identity, and a supporting document of your previous driving experience.
Contact an MC licence service near you to learn more.