Multi Combination licence rules
Do you hold a Multi Combination (MC) heavy vehicle licence? There are specific rules you must follow to keep you and others safe.
Requirement for MC licence holders
Specific rules and requirements apply if you hold a Multi Combination (MC) licence in NSW. These requirements are set by the National Driver Licensing Scheme.
We are committed to ensuring all heavy vehicle drivers hold the correct licence for the vehicle they are operating. This helps keep you and other road users safe.
Transport for NSW urges heavy vehicle drivers to check they hold the correct licence class for MC vehicles. If you do not hold the correct licence, you should discuss training requirements with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or your employer.
Note: Some Australian jurisdictions allow Heavy Combination (HC) licence holders to drive low loader combination vehicles. NSW is required to recognise these interstate licences.
Difference between HC and MC licence classes
There are some differences between MC and HC classes, including what vehicles you can and can't drive.
For more information on heavy vehicle classes, see Licence classes.
Multi Combination (MC) licence
An MC licence class is the highest level of licence class. This licence class allows you to drive all types of vehicles except motorcycles.
MC vehicles include:
- prime mover, low loader dolly and low loader trailer combination
- road trains.
Heavy Combination (HC) licence
An HC class licence is the second highest licence class. You can drive most vehicles except motorcycles and MC class vehicles.
HC vehicles include:
- articulated vehicles with 3 or more axles
- heavy rigid vehicle trailer combinations, including unladen dolly, with 3 or more axles
- any towed trailer with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) more than 9 tonnes.
You cannot drive an MC vehicle with an HC licence.
Penalties for driving a vehicle outside your licence class
Driving a vehicle outside your licence class is a serious offence. If you are found to be driving a vehicle outside your licence class, you may be penalised and have to pay a fine.
The first time you are penalised for this offence, the fine is $637.
Any other time you are penalised for this offence, the fine is $1,275.
Transport and NSW Police enforce the MC class licence requirements.
If you are found to be driving unlicensed, the vehicle will be grounded and you will not be able to drive the vehicle.
What are my options if I receive a penalty notice?
When you receive a Penalty Reminder Notice you must pay the fine to Revenue NSW. The fine will be issued by Revenue NSW and sent via post to your current mailing address.
There are several options you can choose from to pay your fine.
The easiest way is to pay your fine online through Revenue NSW.
For more information about penalty notices and how to pay fines see Fines and penalty notices.