Steps To Getting Your Heavy Rigid License
Getting your heavy rigid license is a relatively simple task, especially for a seasoned driver with an aspiration to further their career in one of these directions. Still, you are unaware of the procedure, requirements, as well as perks of actually getting one. For a lot of people, the most confusing part is knowing which steps to take in order to actually get your heavy rigid license. With that in mind and without further ado, here is a short comprehensive guide on what you need to do in order to get your heavy rigid license.
1. Do you need a heavy rigid license?
The first question you need to ask yourself is – do you need a heavy rigid license, to begin with? To answer this, you need to understand what a heavy rigid license includes. Vehicles that fall under this category are:
- Trucks and busses with more than 8 tones and 3 axles
- Towed trailers that don’t weigh more than 9 tones
- Bendy busses
In other words, if your career path or point of interest includes any of the vehicles described above, you need to start thinking about getting a heavy rigid license.
Remember that there are so many other types of vehicles and licenses that you should take into consideration. Multi combination, heavy combination, medium rigid, light rigid are all different types of licenses that you may actually need. Do your research on this subject as soon as possible.
2. Check if you qualify
Another thing you need to think about is whether you qualify for a heavy rigid vehicle, to begin with. There are three major criteria that you need to fulfill in order for this to hold true.
- First, you need to have a class C license or equivalent for two years or more. Naturally, a learner license doesn’t count towards this.
- Second, you need to pass the HR knowledge test. This piece of machinery is far more complex than its equivalent, which is why you need to understand all these subtle differences long before you sit behind the wheel.
- Third, you need to pass a thorough medical examination. At the very least, since it’s assumed that all of this is already checked out (because you clearly have a license of some sort), you might have to get your eyes checked.
In other words, what steps you need to take and whether you have the need for a heavy rigid license doesn’t mean that you can actually get one. So, make sure to check this first.
3. Find the right school
If you already have the knowledge and requirements necessary for this, you can easily find a one-day heavy rigid license course. However, the reputation of the school and the enlistment procedure is just as important. You need to think about whether you will get to drive a synchromesh gearbox or an automatic one, which is something that could cause further differences when it comes to getting your heavy rigid license. You need to find the right school for the job, seeing as how the competence of the instructors may make all the difference in the world.
4. Getting started
You can do all of this as early as today. All you need to do is pass the heavy rigid knowledge test at your local motor registry. Second, you need to pass the eyesight test and purchase your learner’s logbook. Then, you need to book a date for your course (one- or two-day course). Next, you need to attend and successfully complete your course in order to get the necessary certificate. Lastly, you need to return to the motor registry and hand in the certificate.
As you can see, getting a heavy rigid license is not a difficult task. It mainly requires three things. You need to decide to get one, do your research and enlist. The hard part is deciding to actually do this. Research is not long but it does require that you invest a bit of commitment and outreach. This last part is especially not something that a lot of people have the patience for. You will need to do some research on car maintenance as well. Still, since this is a career choice (and a move towards forwarding your career) it requires all the commitment you can spare.