Escort & pilot services

Pilot vehicles play an important road safety role in the movement of oversize vehicles on Victorian roads.

For information on pilot and escort resource requirements it should be noted that this is dependent on risk based on:

  • vehicle and load width and length
  • location of movement
  • traffic variations and density, and
  • other associated risk profiles

However for a basic guide, download the pilot and escort graph [XLSX 164 Kb].

Driver of pilot vehicles

Drivers of pilot vehicles are trained and certified to accompany oversize vehicles and control traffic where necessary.

In Victoria, as is the case nationally, there are two levels of pilot vehicle drivers - level 1 (Pilot) and level 2 (Certified Pilot Vehicle Driver or CPVD).

Level 1

Level 1 pilot vehicle driver in Victoria is required to hold a full driver’s licence and drive a vehicle complying with the requirements of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Level 2

To qualify as a Level 2 or CPVD applicants wishing to participate must have a minimum of 12 months comprehensive experience in piloting oversize loads. Level 2 pilot vehicle drivers or CPVD are required to hold a full driver’s licence (not probationary), drive a vehicle complying with the Heavy Vehicle National Law and have successfully completed the following training through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

  • TLIF 3060A Control Traffic as a Pilot Vehicle Operator
  • TLIC 3010A Pilot or Escort Oversized and /or Overmassed Loads
  • TLIE 3009A Use Pilot and Escort Communication
  • TLIF 3013A Coordinate Breakdowns in Emergencies
  • TLIB 2004A Carry Out Vehicle Inspection

Training in traffic control enables CPVD to acquire appropriate training that is specifically tailored to meet your needs. Additionally, drivers are required to renew their licence every three years as traffic control training is refreshed. These arrangements ensure that drivers are always kept up to date with traffic control for their specific task.

In Victoria there is a requirement to renew the pilot driver’s certification licence every three years. An applicant for CPVD has to provide documented evidence of having refreshed their TLIF3060A competency through an RTO and provide documentary evidence of ongoing piloting work (minimum of 40 oversize load movements during the three years). Any traffic control competency attained more than three years prior to the certification date is deemed to have expired.

Western Australian pilots recognised in Victoria

Pilots and Traffic Escort Wardens registered in Western Australia and Northern Territory are now recognised in Victoria provided that they:
  1. Hold a current qualification in their state of origin; and
  2. Have successfully completed the traffic control competency within the past three years (Control traffic as a pilot vehicle operator- TLIF 3060A) before they operate as a Certified Pilot in Victoria.

Queensland level 2 pilots recognised in Victoria

Level 2 pilots registered in Queensland are now recognised in Victoria provided that they hold a current level 2 qualification in their state of origin.

More information and instruction can be found in the application form for Certified Pilot Vehicle Drivers [PDF 452Kb] 

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