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Heavy Rigid

Heavy rigid truck

(HR)TLIC3004 - Drive heavy rigid vehicle

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to drive a heavy rigid vehicle safely including systematic and efficient control of all vehicle functions, monitoring of traffic and road conditions, management of vehicle condition and performance, and effective management of hazardous situations. Assessment of this unit is conducted by our assessors within a licensing examination conducted by, or under the authority of, the relevant state/territory Road Traffic Authority. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements are applicable to this unit.

Required skills

  • Relevant road rules, regulations, permit and licence requirements of the relevant state/territory road traffic authority
  • Relevant OH&S and environmental procedures and regulations
  • Heavy rigid vehicle controls, instruments and indicators and their use
  • Heavy rigid vehicle handling procedures
  • Procedures to be followed in the event of a driving emergency
  • Engine power management and safe driving strategies
  • Efficient driving techniques
  • Pre-operational checks carried out on heavy rigid vehicle and related action
  • Differences between transmission types
  • Principles of operation of air brakes and procedures for their use
  • Workplace driving and operational instructions
  • Driving hazards and related defensive driving techniques
  • Principles of stress management when driving a vehicle
  • Factors which may cause traffic delays and diversions and related action that can be taken by a driver
  • Causes and effects of fatigue on drivers
  • Factors which increase fatigue-related accidents
  • Fatigue management strategies and on-road techniques
  • Lifestyles which promote the effective long-term management of fatigue