Driving a tractor
If you are a Victorian driver licence or car learner permit holder, you can drive a tractor on the road in accordance with certain licensing requirements and restrictions.
When a tractor can be driven on the road
A tractor can be driven on the road by the holder of a car driver licence or car learner permit in accordance with the following requirements.
Interstate driver licence holders
If you hold an interstate car learner permit, or car driver licence, or 'tractor permit' you can drive a tractor in Victoria under the same restrictions as Victorian driver licence and learner permit holders, until you have lived in Victoria for 3 months. After this time you must apply for a Victorian car driver licence or car learner permit if you wish to continue to drive a tractor. See the Get your Ls page for more information.
- If you are using the tractor on a highway, normal traffic and vehicle regulations and requirements apply.
- If operating the tractor on private property closed to public access, a car learner permit or car driver licence is not required.
- Use of a tractor is restricted to the defined activities outlined in ‘Requirements to drive a tractor’ above.
Definition of a tractor
Under the Road Safety Act 1986 a tractor is defined as any motor vehicle or class of motor vehicles declared to be a tractor by Order of the Governor in Council published in the Government Gazette.
Other Victorian legislation defining a tractor includes the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007. This defines a tractor as 'a powered vehicle primarily designed to haul and provide power for agricultural or horticultural machinery or implements by way of a power take-off rotating shaft or other mechanical means, but does not include earthmoving machinery or a passenger vehicle'.