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Pilot and escort vehicles accompany oversize vehicles on the road and ensure other road users are safe.

Pilot & escort vehicle drivers

Different states and territories have different training and accreditation requirements for pilot and escort vehicle drivers, yet there are no formal arrangements to recognise driver accreditation when loads are moved across state and territory borders.

The different requirements create inefficiencies for transport operators moving oversize loads over borders and for pilot and escort drivers wishing to work in different areas of the country.

In 2012, to improve efficiency to meet the growing demand for the movements of oversize loads, state and territory governments agreed to develop a national accreditation scheme to harmonise the roles and qualifications of pilot and escort drivers across Australia.

A discussion paper was prepared by the NTC to provide an opportunity for industry and public comment on a proposed nationally harmonised accreditation scheme, developed by Austroads.

Next steps

Following the close of the public consultation period, the detailed response were provided to Austroads to develop a national operational guideline that provides a final, consistent approach to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to implement and manage.


Last Updated: 15/11/2018