Driving tests for trucks start rolling, but cars still in park

RACQ has welcomed news heavy vehicle practical driving tests would resume on Monday 25 May, however light vehicle tests were yet to get the go ahead.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey announced on Friday Queenslanders who needed a heavy vehicle licence would soon be able to book driving tests, with priority given to those who had tests cancelled due to COVID-19, industry and emergency services.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the Club was pleased strict hygiene measures, including screening questions and thorough cleaning processes, would be in place for the safety of applicants and driving examiners. 

“Additionally, Truck cabins are generally wider than a car which will help keep a safer distance between the driver and the examiner,” Mr Spalding said.

Mr Spalding said while no date had been given for the resumption of other practical driving tests, the driving school industry would welcome the announcement as a starting point for the return of normal business.

“We look forward to the return of car licence practical tests to help those who’ve been patiently waiting and building their driving skills towards getting their licence,” he said.

“There will be a backlog of driving tests to get through, so we urge learners to be patient and to keep improving their driving in the meantime.”

More information on driving tests could be found here.