Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What do I need to do to acquire a Heavy Vehicle (Truck) Licence?

  1. First of all, you need to hold your Car Licence for 1 year (starting from RED P's) if you are applying for a Medium (MR) Truck Licence and 2 years (second year of GREEN P's) if you are moving straight from a Car Licence to a Heavy Rigid (HR) Truck Licence.
  2. If you have held a HR Truck Licence for 12 months or more then you can either upgrade to a Heavy Combination (HC) Truck Licence or Multi Combination (MC) Truck Licence.
  3. There are 2 parts to upgrading your licence from car - Heavy Vehicle Written Test and Practical Driving Test. It helps if you have already completed your written test at Queensland Transport, however this is not entirely necessary for you to start your lessons with Brisbane Truck School.

How many lessons do I need? 

  • Each individual is different in how they learn and how quickly they pick new things up - the learning time can vary from person to person.
  • However, we generally find most people tend to take about 3 lessons and a lesson before the driving test at Queensland Transport for the Light to Medium Rigid vehicles, and 6-10 lessons (7 lessons on average) and a lesson before the driving test at Queensland Transport for Heavy Rigid and Heavy Combo. 

Can you book my test for me? 

  • Yes! We like to organise your test so, we can ensure that the vehicle and your instructor is available to accompany you for the test.

What is a booking fee? 

  • A booking fee of $60.00 is payable when we book your practical driving test with Queensland Transport .
  • Other expenses associated with your licensing at Queensland Transport would be the Written Test Fee of $23.50 appox. The written test consists of 10 multiple choice questions. (prices are subject to change). 

How do I pay for my lesson? 

  • We accept Eftpos, Cash, Direct Deposit and Cheques. All lessons are to be paid for on the day or in advance. 

Where do I attend lessons? 

  • 22 North Road, Wynnum West. Type our company name or address into Google.Your last lesson will be near the Qld transport office just prior to your practical driving test.

What can we offer you that the others can’t? 

  • BTS can offer you a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for the class of vehicle you wish to gain a licence in.
  • Fatigue management training that allows you to drive for longer duration each day.
  • Load restraint training.
  • Courses in Completing Work diaries.
  • Chain of responsibility courses.


Looking for more information?

Contact us: 1300 438 542 or email


Handy websites

Heavy vehicle links

Queensland Transport 

Department of Transport and Main Roads 

Transport Network Australia

Australian Driver Trainer's Association

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Transport News

Australian Transport News

Big Rigs

Truck Sales


BERT Funding

Employer funding - Qld Government


Where to stay if you are not a local and coming to town to do a course:

Manly Hotel

Manly Backpackers

Waterloo Bay Hotel

Queensport Tavern