CLASS 5 LICENCE
A Class 5 Vehicle is a Heavy Combined Vehicle with a GCM (Gross Combined Mass) of over 25,000kg.
GETTING YOUR CLASS 5 LICENCE WITH DRIVE RIGHT
Q.: Are you over 25 years old?
Yes - You must have had your Full Class 4 Licence for at least 3 months before you can get your Class 5 Learner Licence OR you must have completed a 'Fast Track' course to eliminate the three month waiting period, please see our Fast Track page for more information.
No, under 25 years old - You must have had your Full Class 4 Licence for at least 6 months before you can get your Class 5 Learner Licence.
Q.: Do you have your Class 5 Learner Licence?
Yes - Great, contact us and we can get you into a course as soon as possible!
Not yet - You need your Class 5 Learner's Licence before you can sit a course with us. You need to:
- Obtain a copy of the current Road Code for Heavy Vehicle Drivers. Or read it here for free.
- Read it, and pay particular attention to the General Questions and the Specialist Questions for Class 5 at the back of the Road Code. You will need to complete a computer based test of 25 multi choice General Questions and 10 Multiple Choice Specialist Questions for Class 5. Try out the test questions for free here.
- Obtain a NZTA medical from your own doctor. Most doctors have stocks of the necessary form but confirm this when you book in case they need to order more for free from the NZTA before your appointment. Note: the medical form is only good for 60 days from the date it was done so make sure you do it close to the date you will sit your learner licence test.
- Take the completed medical form, and the two required forms of identification (your driver's licence and proof of address) to a driver licencing agency (e.g. AA) fill out an application form, pay the fee, and sit the theory test.
Q.: Do you want to get your Class 5 Licence the FAST WAY or the SLOW WAY?
As with the Class 2 and Class 4 Licences you have a choice: either, wait six months, driving under the supervision of a person who has held a Class 5 Licence for at least two years, then take a Class 5 vehicle to a licensing agency, and go for a Full Licence Test with a Testing Officer, or:
FAST WAY - Do a NZ Transport Agency Class 5 Full Licence Course with Drive Right. The course takes two to three days* and you do not have to wait 6 months between learners and full or sit a test with the AA.
We require our students to be vetted to book onto this Course, please contact us to discuss.
The cost of our Full Class 5 Licence Course is $1,850.00* including gst and use of our Class 5 vehicle^. A non-refundable deposit of $200.00 is required on booking the course with the balance due at the time of the course. Please contact us if you would like a written quote - we are Registered Providers to Work & Income.
*An additional theory session at an additional cost of $200.00 applies if you cannot provide acceptable evidence (either your half of your course certificate, or a letter or email from the course provider confirming the details and date/s) of having completed Unit Standard 24089 (fatigue management, work time and driver logbook requirements) as part of a Driver's Licencing course. Unfortunately your NZQA Record of Learning is not 'acceptable evidence' for this purpose.
^Our Class 5 vehicle is a cab with semi-trailer, not a full trailer as pictured below. Up to three hours of supervised practical/drive time with an instructor in our Class 5 Vehicle with our instructor is included in the course cost, with an additional hourly fee due for any time required above this (3 hours is more than enough for a competent driver who is experienced in driving a manual transmission vehicle, can back a car with trailer attached, and has sufficient Class 2 and 4 driving experience.)