ACT “B” Condition Removal
A heavy vehicle licence with a condition “B” restricts the licence holder to driving heavy vehicles fitted with automatic or synchromesh gearboxes only. The licence holder is prohibited from driving vehicles with a non-synchromesh gearbox (also referred to as a Crash box).
To have this condition removed from your licence, you need to learn how to drive a non-synchromesh gearbox. Although there is no minimum hours required training with this gearbox, it takes an average of approximately 20 hours before someone is competent in the use of a non-synchromesh gear box due to the complexities in operating this gearbox. Training sessions are recommended in 2 hour or 4 hour slots and you can proceed to the assessment once you are competent in driving with a non-synchromesh gearbox.
Once the required standard is met you will be required to do an assessment/driving test.
The non-synchromesh gear box is sometimes referred to as a crash box and these gearboxes come in a 9, 13, 15 or 18 speed, depending on the truck. The gearbox in our truck is an Eaton Fuller 18 Speed, with a low and high range lever as well as a gear splitter which enables the driver to use half gears.
When using half gears the gear changing technique changes from double clutching to a single clutch movement and the gear lever is moved in and out of the same gear position or to the next full gear position, but more on that as you progress through the course.
What makes this gearbox different is that the driver has to match the road speed (KM) and engine speed (revs) to enable a gear change to take place. These gearboxes require more driver input to ensure that you are able to change gears smoothly or at all. For every gear change the clutch is used twice, hence the term double clutching.
- All pricing is GST Free
- Full payment must be made at time of booking
|2 hour Training
Own Vehicle / TISC
Own Vehicle / TISC
|Heavy Rigid Non-Synchromesh
Heavy Combination Non-Synchromesh
Multi Combination Non-Synchromesh
|$440 / $470
$495 / $525
$525 / $550
|$470 / $495
$525 / $550
$550 / $605
- 8:00am – 10:00am
- 10:15am – 12:15pm
- 1:00pm – 3:00pm
All students must –
- Have a moderate level of English language. A language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment might require completion prior to enrolment.
- Have received at least two COVID-19 Vaccinations.
- Be confident in driving a manual vehicle.
- Have a completed Sutton Road Training Centre Enrolment Form e-mailed to email@example.com together with your driver licence and proof of vaccination to finalise the full enrolment process.
- Current driver licence
- Students are required to bring their own lunch; however fast food outlets are located in Queanbeyan if you prefer to purchase it. A fridge, microwave, tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.
- Enclosed shoes and comfortable clothing suitable for the expected weather.
- High visibility vest. (We can provide you with one on the day)
- Additional items depending on the weather such as a hat, sunscreen or rain jacket where required.
The practical driving assessment is a 1 hour and 30 minutes evaluation of an applicant’s driving skills. The course is assessed with a practical demonstration that meets the heavy vehicle licensing assessment requirements set by Road User Services. If a student is ‘Not Yet Competent’, they need to enrol in another individual assessment at a later date and pay the associated fee.
Students who are found competent will be provided with the appropriate documentation from the trainer to be presented to an Access Canberra shopfront that offers Road Transport Authority Services. The course price does not include the cost for issuing a new driver licence.
As the assessment for this course is regulated, we are unable to RPL or credit transfers for students. Students with existing experience driving a heavy vehicle can complete a reduced amount of training but will still have to complete the practical assessment.
Students have a right to appeal any assessment decision. A student wanting to make a complaint or appeal will need to complete the Assessment Complaints and Appeals Recording Form. Students can obtain a hard copy of the Assessment Complaints and Appeals Recording Form from reception or request it via email.
In the event that Sutton Road Training Centre is unable to complete the delivery of any of the course, a full refund will be issued.
Sutton Road Training Centre does not accept any tentative bookings and will only confirm a student’s enrolment upon receipt of the driver licence, COVID-19 vaccination status, course enrolment forms and course payment.
Cancellations made up to one week (7 days) prior to this course commencing will receive a full refund. Any cancellations made after this time will not be eligible for any refund.
Failure to attend training on the day will not result in a refund. Sutton Road Training Centre at their sole discretion may offer to rebook the student on a later course upon the presentation of a medical certificate for the course days that were missed.
We at located at 441 Sutton Road, Majura, ACT. Our training facilities are located on the left side of the road, approximately 900m from the Sutton Rd/Pialligo Ave intersection. There is ample free onsite parking for students.