The class UD license 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. The Department has informed ACFA that operators of vehicles must ensure that all vehicles are operating within any manufacturers specifications.
What this means for cane farmers
Agricultural machines which are self-powered machines built to perform agricultural tasks and used for agricultural purposes, including tractors (with or without a trailer/ bin), harvesters, power hauls and self-propelled units, only require a class ‘C’ license to operate on Queensland roads.
This does not include a motor vehicle with a chassis that is substantially the same as a truck chassis.
ACFA encourages all employers to ensure that their staff are adequately trained to operate the vehicle combination that staff will be operating.
Please note: changes have been made in regards to Heavy Vehicle National Law for vehicle over 4.5 tonne. Please visit https://www.nhvr.gov.au/law-policies/heavy-vehicle-national-law-hvnl for more details.
For all other vehicle licenses, please see article from last week’s E-News.
Please note: 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.
A specially constructed vehicle is with or without a trailer.