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Harmonisation of Pilot and Escort Vehicle Driver Requirements
  • Publication no: AP-R439-13
  • ISBN: 978-1-925037-09-8
  • Published: 18 June 2013

This report presents the current situation for pilot and escort vehicle drivers in Australian jurisdictions, and proposes a nationally harmonised approach. This approach was developed in consultation with jurisdictional stakeholders through workshops and face-to-face meetings.

It is intended that, ultimately, both the accreditation scheme and the operational guideline will be called-up by the Heavy Vehicle National Law, and that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator will play a central role in administering the accreditation scheme. Transitional arrangements have been proposed, whereby the status quo will be retained until such time as the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is in a position to commence the scheme. Upon commencement, an approach has been proposed for transitioning existing pilots and escorts into the national accreditation scheme.

In 2015 Austroads published the results of consultation with industry about the proposed approach.

  • 1. Introduction
    • 1.1. Background
    • 1.2. Purpose
    • 1.3. Scope
  • 2. Current accreditation requirements
    • 2.1. Overview of current pilot accreditation
    • 2.2. Overview of current escort accreditation
    • 2.3. State-by-state comparison
      • 2.3.1. Level 1 pilots
      • 2.3.2. Level 2 pilots
      • 2.3.3. Accredited Escorts
  • 3. National administrative guideline (2004)
    • 3.1. Content and scope
    • 3.2. Suitability for national adoption
  • 4. Proposed national operational accreditation Scheme
    • 4.1. Proposed national requirements for a Registered Pilot
      • 4.1.1. Discussion
      • 4.1.2. Requirements
    • 4.2. Proposed national requirements for an Accredited Pilot
      • 4.2.1. Discussion
      • 4.2.2. Requirements
    • 4.3. Proposed national requirements for an Accredited Escort
    • 4.4. Other proposed national requirements
      • 4.4.1. Administration
      • 4.4.2. Period of validity of accreditation
      • 4.4.3. Refresher training on renewal of accreditation
  • 5. Proposed National Operational guideline
    • 5.1. Content and scope of the Queensland operational guideline
    • 5.2. Suitability of the Queensland operational guideline for national adoption
    • 5.3. Proposed changes to the Queensland operational guideline to make it a national operational guideline
  • Vehicle requirements (Section 4)
  • Wig wag lights (Section 4)
  • Warning devices (Section 5)
  • Driver requirements (Section 6)
  • Vehicle operations (Section 7)
  • Pilot and escort requirements (Section 8)
  • Traffic control (Section 9)
  • Administration (Section 10)
  • Appendix
  • 6. Traffic Control
    • 6.1. Stop/slow bat
    • 6.2. Authorised Person status
    • 6.3. Proposed national approach
  • 7. Benefit-cost Analysis
    • 7.1. Scenarios
    • 7.2. Overview of benefits and costs
    • 7.3. Industry activity and annual turnover
    • 7.4. Cost of registration and training
    • 7.5. Cost of implementation and ongoing administration
    • 7.6. Summary of costs
  • 8. Transitional arrangements
    • 8.1. Pilot and Escort Reference Group
    • 8.2. Status quo for the time being
    • 8.3. Treatment of existing pilots
    • 8.4. Treatment of existing escorts
    • 8.5. RTO capability and capacity
    • 8.6. Role of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
      • 8.6.1. Timing
      • 8.6.2. Administrative roles
    • 8.7. Engagement with industry
      • 8.7.1. Western Australia
      • 8.7.2. Northern Territory
      • 8.7.3. South Australia
      • 8.7.4. Queensland
      • 8.7.5. New South Wales
      • 8.7.6. Victoria
      • 8.7.7. Tasmania
  • References and Bibliography
  • Appendix A March 2012 workshop attendees
  • Appendix B Participants in direct consultation
  • Appendix C July 2012 workshop attendees
  • Appendix D NTC Administrative Guideline 2004
  • Appendix E Queensland Form 7 guideline 2010