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Pilot and escort vehicle driver

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:

If your application is approved and you are signed up for e-reminders we will email you:

  • an interim industry authority as evidence that you are authorised to perform the role until your industry card arrives in the mail 
  • when your industry card is posted
  • 3 days before your industry authority is due to be renewed.

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:

  • A Statement of Attainment for TLIC3010—Pilot or Escort Oversized and/or Overmassed Loads, issued by a registered training organisation (RTO), for Pilot Vehicle Driver Level 1.
  • Pass a written knowledge test delivered through a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre – you can obtain relevant information in preparation for the test by referring to the Guideline for Pilot and Escort Operations in Queensland and the Queensland Road Rules.

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:

  • hold a current pilot vehicle driver accreditation
  • hold a Statement of Attainment—Level 2 Escort Vehicle Driver. To obtain a Statement of Attainment, you must provide evidence to an RTO approved by the Department of Transport and Main Roads of having completed a minimum of 12 trips (as detailed in a record movement book) as a pilot vehicle driver
  • hold an open (Australian or New Zealand) driver licence or have previously held an open (Australian or New Zealand) driver licence and currently holds a probationary or restricted driver licence for a car
  • meet the current competency requirements
  • complete the Pilot/Escort Vehicle Driver Accreditation Application form (F4483) which may be lodged at a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre, or an authorised Queensland Government Agency Program Office
  • pay the applicable fee/s when the application is lodged. No fee is charged if your pilot vehicle accreditation is current.

If your application is approved and you are signed up for e-reminders we will email you:

  • an interim industry authority as evidence that you are authorised to perform the role until your industry card arrives in the mail 
  • when your industry card is posted
  • 3 days before your industry authority is due to be renewed.

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

Pilot/escort vehicle driver from a state that has formal accreditation

Level 1 pilot vehicle drivers and level 2 escort vehicle drivers who are registered or licensed or certified or accredited in another state or territory (for example Victoria, Northern Territory and Western Australia) may operate under the  Guideline for Pilot and Escort Operations in Queensland provided:

  • the operation is restricted to the level of authority for which they are permitted to operate in their home state or territory; and
  • they hold and have held for a total of at least 3 years during the 5 years before the day of entry into Queensland, a provisional or open licence to drive the motor vehicle; and
  • operations are conducted in accordance with the requirements contained in the Guideline for Pilot and Escort Operations in Queensland; and
  • Level 1 pilot vehicle drivers and level 2 escort vehicle drivers provide evidence of achieved competency (including the ability to perform traffic control duties if a level 2 escort vehicle driver) if requested to do so by an authorised officer.

Pilot/escort vehicle drivers with no formal accreditation

Pilot vehicle drivers who reside in a jurisdiction that does not have a formal accreditation (such as New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and Australian Capital Territory) are only permitted to carry out level 1 pilot operations in Queensland provided:

  • the journey has commenced outside of Queensland; and
  • they hold and have held for a total of at least 3 years during the 5 years before the day of entry into Queensland, a provisional or open licence to drive the motor vehicle; and
  • they currently reside in the state or territory in which their driver licence was issued; and
  • operations are conducted in accordance with the requirements contained in the Guideline for Pilot and Escort Operations in Queensland; and
  • they comply with the mass or dimension exemption (for oversize heavy vehicles movements) issued under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (Queensland) Act; and
  • they can provide evidence that they normally carry out pilot or escort operations as a means of earning a livelihood in their home state or territory (for example, a letter from their employer on business letterhead) if requested by a Transport and Main Roads transport inspector or Queensland Police officer; and
  • they only pilot a load going out of Queensland (a return journey) with the same transport company for which they piloted a load into Queensland.

Queensland accredited pilot/escort vehicle drivers wishing to operate interstate

Queensland accredited pilot and escort vehicle drivers should contact the relevant interstate authority for information on the duties they are authorised to perform if they intend conducting the role interstate.

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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 Guideline for Pilot and Escort Operations in Queensland.

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.

The fee for a pilot/escort movement record book is $16.10.

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Conditions of use

Accredited pilot and escort vehicle drivers must:

  • carry their industry authority card or interim industry authority document at all times and their pilot/escort movement record book (if applicable) when performing the role
  • produce their industry authority card or interim industry authority document at the request of an employer, police officer or an authorised officer
  • produce their industry authority card or interim industry authority to the driver of the oversize vehicle (with the Record Movement Book) and to other pilot/escort vehicle drivers before commencing the journey, to confirm their level of accreditation
  • comply with the guideline – Guideline for Pilot and Escort Operations in Queensland and (for oversize heavy vehicles movements) comply with the mass or dimension exemption issued under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (Queensland) Act 2012 visit www.nhvr.gov.au.

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 Guideline for Pilot and Escort Operations in Queensland and the Critical Area Map.

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Registered training providers

The following registered training organisations (RTO) are approved to deliver the relevant training in Queensland.

Name of Organisation Head Office Location Course Areas Contact Details
* Mears Construction & Training Pty Ltd South Johnston (Qld) Pilot and Escort Vehicle Driver Ph: 07 4064 2842
* Motor School Albion (Qld) Pilot and Escort Vehicle Driver Ph: 1300 969 098

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

For changes to RTO contact details please email Industry.RTO@tmr.qld.gov.au.

 

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Last updated
22 July 2019