They might be called 'National' Heavy Vehicle Drivers Licences, but there isn't really too much 'national' about them!! You only hafta move from one State to another ONCE to have that forcibly driven home!! When I first got my South Aust 'A' class licence endorsed for Heavy Articulated Trucks & Buses etc back in the early 70's, it was easy... if my 'principal place of residence' remained in SA despite my 'current residential address' being elsewhere for anything up to a year, no licence change required, I could pretty much drive anything anywhere, my SA Licence was good Aust wide; and when I moved my 'family home' from SA to NSW not too many years later, it was simply a matter of visiting a NSW rego office & transferring my licence from an SA Licence to a NSW Licence, changing the address, etc - simples! Altho I do recall the Clerk having to print the 'standard' licence, then flip it over & hand stamp/initial all the extra classes & endorsements I had on the back, cos their 'new computer system' couldn't yet automatically include all the various vehicle classes etc!Frank & Brenda wrote: ↑Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:18 am
BTW I've not known of any such restrictions in SA (Hr is a national licence though) but I've had my HR since they were combined with HB Heavy Bus, nearly 25 years ago and I got my HB when there were only 2 classes of bus licence, Small Bus and Heavy bus, got mine in a 71 Bedford but learned to double cluch as one of the replacement buses was a 68 Bedford, this was back in 83
But moving the family home from NSW back to SA 35 or so years later, I hadta hand in my NSW issued NATIONAL Heavy Vehicle Drivers licence & get a whole shed load of SA Practicing Doctors to re-confirm that I still satisfied all the necessary standards & requirements that the NSW Doctors had checked less than 12 months before, and then I hadta do a few 'competency confirmation' driving tests for some of the myriad of classes & endorsements etc before I was finally allowed to get an SA issued 'National Heavy Vehicle Drivers Licence' with all the endorsements included (& get a handful of new 'SA Issued' Log Books & Activity Registers etc too!)..... And now they're starting to whittle down the 'actual' vehicles & conditions that I am permitted to drive in/under as well as restricting the length of time that each 'new' licence can be issued to cover so they can ensure that I get all the various tests & visits to Doctors etc done at the correct intervals!! Dunno about you, but to me it simply smacks of an inefficient 'Yes Minister' type Bureaucracy working over-time to justify their very existence & keep themselves gainfully employed!
And just to compare, waaay back in 1978 I took my Commercial/Military Certificates for operating various River, Coastal, & Seagoing Vessels in to the Marine & Harbours Board, & after paying a nominal fee I was issued a Recreational Boat Operators Licence to cover all recreational boats & boating..... & that licence is still valid & in use some 40 years later! So I'm pretty sure it can be done without all the clap-trap & palaver!