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Pilot/Escort Level I & II Vehicle Driving Training Course

 
Date for next Training course in Mackay:- Wednesday 3rd November.  Duration will be 8:30am to approx. 3:00pm and the delivery of the course will be held at a local Mackay venue.  Please register your interest - 4944 2600 - to that there are minimum number of attendees for the course to go ahead.

CANEGROWERS Mackay facilitates this training through Brisbane based Motor School Driver Training Specialists.  If you do not have your licence accreditation, you are able to undertake the Pilot/Escort training course that covers both Level I (Pilot) & Leve II (Escort). If you do need this qualification, please register your interest by phoning 4944 2600 so that a training course can be facilitated.
 
   
Pilot/Escort Vehicle Driver Requirenents and Information   

Some growers have asked if they are able to use their own roadworthy field vehicles as pilot/escort vehicles. This certainly is the case, as long as the field vehicle meets the following qualifications under the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation.
A pilot vehicle or escort vehicle must not:
- tow a trailer;  or
- carry goods
but it may carry equipment or substances for use in connection with the class 1 heavy vehicle it is accompanying or for restraining a load on that heavy vehicle.
Click here to view further relevant and updated information on Pilot and Escort Vehicles (Division 5).

 
7.8 Pilot/Escort vehicles lawful operation, minimum requirements    

Pilot and Escort Vehicle Driver Requirements - Accredited pilot and escort vehicle drivers must:
a) 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; and
b) produce their industry authority card or interim industry authority document at the request of an employer, police officer or an authorised officer; and
c) 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; and
d) comply with any requirements for pilot/escort vehicle drivers specified under a Notice, Permit, the Queensland Access Conditions Guide and any other authorisation issued to the oversize vehicle.
Click here to view the full Guideline for Pilot and Escort Operations in Queensland – Form 41 | Version 3 | April 2019  (Page 8)

 
7.11 Record of Movement  

7.11.1 This section does not apply in relation to a journey undertaken as a pilot or escort for a vehicle for which a NHVR permit has been obtained and a police officer is in attendance for the entire route or movement.
7.11.2  The driver of the lead pilot or escort vehicle accompanying an oversize vehicle or combination has the overall responsibility to ensure that any restrictions for the movement of an oversize vehicle or combination detailed in the Queensland Access Conditions Guide are complied with. A record of movement must be completed for any journey or part of a journey.
7.11.3  Level 1 pilot or level 2 escort drivers must complete a record of movement for each journey undertaken as an escort for an oversize vehicle or combination.
7.11.4  Before escorting an oversize vehicle or combination on a journey, the lead level 1 pilot or level 2 escort drivers must give a copy of the record of movement to the driver of the oversize vehicle or combination.
7.11.5  Once issued, the record of movement authorises the movement of the oversize vehicle or combination providing the pilot or escort operation is carried out in accordance with the requirements of this Notice at all times.
7.11.6  The level 1 pilot or level 2 escort drivers who completed the record of movement must keep a copy of the record in the escort vehicle during the time the oversize vehicle or combination is being escorted. The copy of the record must be produced when required by a police officer or an authorised officer.
7.11.7  When more than one escort is required to accompany the oversize vehicle or combination, the lead level 1 pilot or level 2 escort driver at the commencement of the journey is required to complete the record of movement.
Click here to view the full Guideline for Pilot and Escort Operations in QueenslandForm 41 | Version 3 | April 2019  (Page 10)

 
Pilot/Escort Vehicles Lawful Operation - minimum requirements  
1.    Rules involving movement logs
A movement record book is the permit to move. So, this means no movement record - no permit. The load could be deemed unlawful.  Movement logs do need to be filled in correctly and must be legible.

2.     Correct signage on vehicle
The Vehicle has a legal requirement for signage, that must state - OVERSIZE LOAD AHEAD and strobe lighting is not allowed.  Rotating LED beacons or standard rotating beacon are acceptable. The signage requirements are that the sign must be roof mounted on pilot vehicle and beacon visible from 360 degrees, hence the need for two lights.
overized.sign
3.    Cost of fines
Generally, fines are $3000 and up. Click here to view the penalty schedule. Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is transitioning across to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) so the changes maybe ongoing.

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

 
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