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Pilot and escort vehicle driver

Harmonisation of pilot and escort vehicle driver requirements

The National Transport Commission (NTC), in conjunction with Austroads and state and territory governments, is developing a proposal for a nationally harmonised accreditation scheme, including operational guideline, for pilot and escort vehicle drivers.

A public consultation process will occur to further develop the scheme. Once the proposed scheme is fully developed and endorsed by states and territories, it is anticipated that the scheme will be implemented and administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

Further updates on the proposed scheme will be provided when necessary.

Accredited pilot vehicle driver

What am I authorised to do as a pilot vehicle driver?

The holder of a pilot vehicle driver accreditation is authorised to operate a pilot vehicle to warn other road users of the presence of an oversize vehicle/combination.

How do I become a pilot vehicle driver?

To become a pilot vehicle driver you must:

What competency requirements must I meet to become a pilot vehicle driver?

To meet the competency requirements, you must provide/undertake one of the following:

How long does an accreditation for a pilot vehicle driver last?

A pilot vehicle driver accreditation is issued for a period of 3 years.

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Accredited escort vehicle driver

What am I authorised to do as an escort vehicle driver?

The holder of an escort vehicle driver accreditation is authorised to operate a pilot or escort vehicle to warn other road users of the presence of an oversize vehicle/combination and perform traffic control.

How do I become an escort vehicle driver?

To become an escort vehicle driver you must:

What competency requirements must I meet to become an escort vehicle driver?

To meet the competency requirements, you must provide/undertake the following:

  • A Statement of Attainment—for TLIC3010A—Pilot or Escort Oversized and/or Overmassed Loads, issued by a registered training provider (RTO) for Escort Vehicle Driver Level 2.

How long does an escort vehicle driver accreditation last?

An escort vehicle driver accreditation is issued for a period of 3 years.

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Interstate operators

A pilot/escort vehicle driver from another state or territory may bring a load into Queensland under the following conditions.

For pilot/escort vehicle drivers who reside in another state or territory that has formal accreditation (for example, Victoria, Northern Territory and Western Australia), the driver must:

For pilot/escort vehicle drivers from states or territories with no formal accreditation, the driver must:

Queensland pilot/escort vehicle drivers wishing to operate interstate should contact the relevant interstate authority for information on the duties they are authorised to perform.

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Pilot/escort movement record book

A pilot/escort movement record book is required to be maintained and details of most journeys recorded in accordance with section 14.4 "Record of Movement" of the Guideline for excess dimension – vehicles carrying indivisible articles, special purpose vehicles and vehicles that require a pilot or escort in Queensland, Form 4.

Pilot/escort movement record books are available from most Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centres, or authorised Queensland Government Agency Program Offices.

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Conditions of use

Accredited pilot and escort vehicle drivers must:

Note: The internet version of Form 4 does not include "Critical Areas and Roads in Queensland for Vehicles/Combinations Requiring Pilot/Escort map". 

Pilot/escort vehicle drivers accompanying vehicles/combinations over 3.5m wide and over 25m in length should ensure ready access to the Guidelines and the Critical Area Map.

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Registered training providers

Under national agreement, jurisdictions may enter into Service Provider Deeds (SPD) with Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that do or wish to provide services interstate.

Provided an SPD is in place with the home jurisdiction, an interstate jurisdiction should recognise a Certificate of Competency issued by the RTO. If there is no SPD in place with the home jurisdiction, then an interstate jurisdiction will not recognise certificates issued by the RTO.

The below RTOs marked with an asterisk (*) have a signed SPD with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

 
Name of Organisation Head Office LocationCourse AreasContact Details
* Motor School Albion (Qld) Pilot and Escort Vehicle Driver Ph: 07 3630 0008
* Orbit Training Qld Pty Ltd Bracken Ridge (Qld) Pilot and Escort Vehicle Driver Ph: 07 3869 3344 or 1300 853 234y
* Rosborough Services Pty Ltd Durack (Qld)  Pilot and Escort Vehicle Driver Ph: 07 3372 8069
Mob: 0427 636 171
* Transqual Logistics Training  Algester (Qld) Pilot and Escort Vehicle Driver  Ph: 07 3276 1011
Mob: 0407 541 377 
* Transqual Logistics Training  Townsville (Qld)  Pilot and Escort Vehicle Driver  Ph: 07 4725 3266
Mob: 0428 472 533

Note: Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) may deliver training from various locations.

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Last updated
31 March 2014