5 Reasons Every Tradie Should Have Their Truck License

by RobertKeith

As every tradie knows, it’s important to have the right tools for the job. Depending on your area of expertise, you will have different transport requirements based on the tools.

As every tradie knows, it’s important to have the right tools for the job. Depending on your area of expertise, you will have different transport requirements based on the tools, equipment, materials and crew size needed to get the job done. With a car licence you will be able to drive a ute or small truck that has a maximum weight of 4.5 tonnes and is equipped to seat no more than 12 adults including the driver. Although this gives you a lot of options to choose from, consider these 5 reasons to test for a truck licence when you’re deciding which work horse will suit the tasks at hand.

1. Capacity:

If you’re hauling heavy loads of cargo, drag or lift heavy objects or tow trailers then a light duty truck might be just what you need.  By the time you’ve filled a ute tray with lock-up tool boxes, a power tool for every task, compressors, ladders, scaffolding and more, the humble utility might not be big enough or heavy enough to cope.  For oddly-shaped loads a flatbed truck allows you to stack vertically and once enclosed provides ample wall storage for a glazier or electrician.

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2. Strength & Protection:

Ute covers and canopies can protect your gear from the elements.  If you need to ensure that your tools and materials are kept watertight, then you’ve probably invested in a van.  Today’s utility vehicles are built on large car chassis which mean their steel structures aren’t as strong as a light truck. So, when you outgrow your Mistubishi Express or decide it’s time to upgrade from a ute, a truck license expands your possibilities. 


3. Power:

If you need to handle heavy loads then you’re going to need as much power as possible.  A utility vehicle is smaller, lighter and won’t be able to offer the same kind of ground clearance available in a light truck.  Trucks are purpose-built to haul tons of awkward cargo over challenging terrain and will get the job done more efficiently than a ute.

4. Mobility:

Avoid renting a warehouse or workshop space and get mobile.  Trucks are often delivered as cab-chassis allowing the buyer to choose and fit an appropriate body.  Choosing an enclosed body style give you the option to modify it into a mobile workstation perfect for mechanical technicians, locksmiths, knife sharpeners and other precision tradespeople.  You can mount small equipment on a wall or organise with shelves and still have plenty of room for passengers and other cargo.

Truck driver
Truck driver

5. Employment Opportunities:

Regardless of what vehicle suits you day-to-day on a job site, having a truck licence in your back pocket allows you to easily grow your operation, diversify or transfer your skills to a new industry.  Obtain a light rigid (LR) license to upscale your business or a heavy rigid (HR) license to transition to a career in mining or road transport.  In today’s career landscape, a small investment in a truck licence today can provide invaluable opportunities tomorrow.

Updated: 10/15/2015, RobertKeith
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