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.
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.