Heavy Vehicle Pilots perform an essential safety and support role on the road, by facilitating the safe and efficient movement of over size and/or overmass vehicles.
Heavy Vehicle Pilot Responsibilities
A Heavy Vehicle Pilot must:
• hold a current and valid Motor Drivers Licence and Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence
• be physically fit to engage safely in piloting duties.
• hold a current and valid basic first aid qualification
A Heavy Vehicle Pilot:
• may only direct road users while engaged in piloting duties associated with oversize and/or overmass vehicle movements.
• cannot perform piloting duties except when a dimension or mass requirement has been modified under an order or permit.
• must operate their vehicle in a safe and professional manner, with consideration for other road users, and abide by all Western Australian road rules.
A Heavy Vehicle Pilot will not engage in unprofessional behaviour towards other road users, such as:
• acting in a discriminatory, threatening or intimidating manner
• using rude, aggressive or offensive language or gestures
• attempting to attack or assault
• driving in an illegal, dangerous or reckless manner
A Heavy Vehicle Pilot must always remain alert when driving and not be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or be affected by fatigue.
Heavy Vehicle Pilot Requirements
Record of Movement details must be kept for 12 months by the Heavy Vehicle Pilot. An example of a Record of Movement form is located in the Heavy Vehicle Pilot website under www.mainroads.wa.gov.au (please see Code of Conduct or Business Rules for the information required on the Record of Movement).
If a Heavy Vehicle Pilot is required to leave the vehicle to direct road users, the driver must use a hand held 2-way radio.
Communications between drivers engaged in an oversize and/or overmass movement must be conducted on UHF channel 40. If radio congestion occurs, the pilot may use another UHF channel, provided a driver within the convoy monitors UHF channel 40.
When piloting an oversize and/or overmass vehicle, the lead Heavy Vehicle Pilot must ensure regular transmissions to warn other road users of the width and location of the oversize and/or overmass vehicle.
Approved reflective apparel must be worn at all times, kept in good clean condition and clearly visible during both day and night time and worn as an outer garment (not covered by any other garment or article.)
Heavy Vehicle Pilots must wear safety footwear in compliance with AS/NZS 2210, Safety, Protective and Occupational Protective Footwear (closed in shoes).
Pilot Vehicle Requirements
To accompany an oversize and/or overmass vehicle, a pilot vehicle must:
• Be equipped with a two-way radio, capable of transmitting on UHF with a minimum of 40 channels.
For a PDF document version of the Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence Code of Conduct click on the image or link below: