In South Australia, we require either an MR or HR level licence to operate agricultural machinery on road.
Personally, I have no desire whatsoever to get myself a truck licence!
Primary Producers in SA are instead allowed to apply for a ‘licence restriction’ with the Licencing Department of DPTI. This permit type arrangement then allows you to operate agricultural machinery on road without have to get your truck licence.
Once approved, you’ll receive a letter from DPTI; take this letter to Services SA, pay a small fee and have the allowance added to the back of your licence.
- MR level allows you to operate machinery up to 15 tonne
- HR level allows you to operate machinery 15 tonne and over
Most broad acre farmers/workers/family are best to apply for the HR level right from the start.
If your ‘worker’ is making the licence application, then a letter from you, the employer, must accompany the ‘licence restriction’ request.
This allowance does not permit you to operate a truck over 4.5 tonne or earthmoving equipment on road such as a front end loader.
I would like this to all be much simpler and in line with other Australia states, but finding time to change it is not something I’ve yet achieved!