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III. A and D licence classes and requirements
 

The Driver’s Licence Classification Chart shows you what class of licence you need to drive different types of vehicles. A licensed driver wishing to learn to operate a truck or tractor-trailer must hold a class G or higher driver’s licence and be accompanied by a driver who holds a valid class D or class A licence, respectively. Your driving competence will be assessed in a road test held at a DriveTest Centre; or an employer or community college authorized by the Ministry of Transportation (known as a Recognized Authority) may assess you on the road test and issue a certificate of driving competence for classes A, B, C, D, E, F and M. You may then obtain the appropriate driver’s licence from the ministry.

The class A driver’s licence allows you to drive a motor vehicle and towed vehicles where the towed vehicles exceed a total gross weight of 4,600 kilograms (10,000 lb); and vehicles included in classes D and G. A class A licence does not permit you to drive a bus carrying passengers, a motorcycle or a moped.

Class A vehicles are considered to have either full configuration or restricted configuration as defined below.

Full Class A Vehicle Configuration

  • Any combination of truck/tractor and trailer with a Manufacturer’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (MGVWR) of at least 4600 kg; and
  • A full air brake system on both the truck/tractor and trailer.

Restricted Class A Configuration

  • Any combination of truck/tractor and trailer with a Manufacturer’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (MGVWR) of at least 4600 kg; and
  • Trailer is not equipped with air brakes.
  • A driver completing a Class “A” road test on a vehicle that does not meet the requirement for a full Class “A” vehicle will be issued an AR (A Restricted) licence and will not be able to operate a full Class “A” vehicle.

The class D driver’s licence allows you to drive a motor vehicle exceeding 11,000 kilograms (24,000 lb) gross weight or registered gross weight, or any combination of motor vehicle exceeding a total gross weight or registered gross weight of 11,000 kilograms (24,000 lb) and towed vehicle not exceeding a total gross weight of 4,600 kilograms (10,000 lb). It also allows you to operate vehicles in class G. A class D licence does not permit you to drive a bus carrying passengers, a motorcycle or a moped.