441 Sutton Rd, Majura ACT 2609

(02) 6297 7187

Mon - Fri 7:30am - 4:30pm


NSW “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. This will be conducted in accordance with RMS regulations and will be video recorded as a Transport for NSW requirement. The assessment is based on the HVCBA criteria.

  • Criteria 3 – Start, move off, shut down and secure
  • Criteria 4 – Manage Steering
  • Criteria 5 – Manages Gears
  • Criteria 6 – Manages Brakes
  • Criteria 7 – Manages Accelerator
  • Criteria 8 – Create & Maintain Crash Avoidance Space
  • Criteria 9 – Protect Crash Avoidance Space
  • Criteria 10 – Road Rules and Directions

Non-Synchromesh gearbox

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.

Course Details
  • All pricing is GST Free
  • Full payment must be made at time of booking


Licence Class
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
One-on-one practical training

All students must –

  • Have a moderate level of English language.  A language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment might require completion prior to enrolment.
  • Be confident in driving a manual vehicle.
  • Have a completed Sutton Road Training Centre Enrolment Form e-mailed to office@suttonroad.com.au together with your driver licence 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 course is assessed with a practical demonstration that meets the Transport for NSW heavy vehicle licensing assessment requirements. There is no written or verbal assessment conducted on this course. There is no guarantee that students will pass the assessment and if they are found to be ‘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 forms from the trainer which will need to be presented to a Transport for NSW Centre. The course price does not include the cost for issuing a new drivers 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, course enrolment forms and course payment.

COVID 19 Policy

Your co-operation in helping to keep the Sutton Road Training Centre free of COVID-19 is appreciated. If you are unwell and have any common COVID-19 symptoms you should not attend the Centre.

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.

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