NSW driver competency assessment program advice

ARTIO NSW passes on Service NSW wisdom on coronavirus changes

NSW driver competency assessment program advice
Close proximity is difficult to avoid in a cab


While governments battle to get on top of the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, questions about how restrictions are to operate continue to emerge

Licences and documents agency Service NSW has announced modifications to heavy vehicle driver assessments conducted in the state through the Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment Program.

However, Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation NSW (ARTIO NSW) was asked to seek clarification on how and if assessments would be conducted under the present circumstances.

"This is because licence assessors need to be in the cab in order to assess the competence of the licence holder," secretary/treasurer Hugh McMaster says.

Read how ARTIO NSW greeted long-service leave changes, here

"Although NSW has postponed driver testing across NSW for a minimum period of two months due to Covid -19, this postponement does not automatically apply to annual assessments for heavy-vehicle licence holders in NSW.

"Service NSW says that heavy vehicle drivers with an urgent need for a driving test to be conducted can apply for a priority request.

"It says requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

"Drivers will have to demonstrate that they need to retain a heavy vehicle licence to support the freight network and supply chain.

"Service NSW says a letter from the driver’s employer confirming this would be required.

"It also says a priority test may also be made available if a doctor or police officer has notified Transport for NSW that a test is required to determine if a driver should continue to hold a heavy vehicle driving licence."

"In NSW, holders of an MC licence are required to undergo an annual driving test once they reach the age of 70.

"Other heavy vehicle licence holders from LR to HC must do likewise annually from the age of 80."


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