​Heavy Vehicle Pilots play a key role in maintaining road safety and property protection in the movement of oversize and/or overmass loads throughout Western Australia.  From 28 November 2016, all pilots operating in WA are required to obtain a Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence.

 

Below are responses to some of our frequently asked questions, however additional information can be found in the business rules available under the supporting documents tab. 

 1. What is a Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence?
As part of its efforts to continually improve safety in the Heavy Vehicle industry, Main Roads introduced a new Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence on 28 November 2016. 

From 28 November 2016 individuals seeking employment as Heavy Vehicle Pilots will be required to:

• Hold a current non-probationary Motor Drivers Licence (available from Driver Vehicle Services);
• Pass an Assessment of Fitness to Drive for Commercial Drivers examination;
• Pass a Western Australian Heavy Vehicle Pilot training course from a registered training provider; and
• Complete an application form and pay an administration fee of $205

2. Who are the registered training providers?
A list of registered training providers for the Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence can be found here.

3.  How do I lodge my application form?

Main Roads prefer you to email your completed application and all supporting documents to pilots@mainroads.wa.gov.au

4. What is an Assessment of Fitness to Drive for Commercial Drivers examination?
All Heavy Vehicle Pilots are required to pass an Assessment of Fitness to Drive for Commercial Drivers examination. Full instructions including the form ‘Instructions for Medical Assessment of Fitness to Drive’ are available here.

5. How long is the Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence valid?
A Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence is valid for three years.

6. How do I renew my Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence after three years?
Main Roads will send a reminder prior to your Licence expiry date. The requirements are to:

• Hold a current Motor Drivers Licence (information from Driver Vehicle Services);
• Pass an Assessment of Fitness to Drive for Commercial Drivers examination;
• Pass a Western Australian heavy vehicle pilot training refresher course from a registered training provider and;
• Complete an application form and pay an administration fee of $205.

7. Has the Pilot Code of Conduct changed under the new scheme?
Yes. The Pilot Code of Conduct has been reviewed and a simplified Code has been developed. An understanding of the responsibilities described within the Code is a condition of the Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence.

8. What happens if my Motor Drivers Licence is suspended or cancelled?
If your Motor Drivers Licence is suspended or cancelled, Main Roads will suspend your Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence for the same period of time.

9. What if I lose my Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence card?
Replacing a lost card requires a payment of a replacement fee of $14.90. You may continue piloting duties while your replacement card is being issued.

10. In what circumstances could my Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence be suspended or cancelled?
A Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence can be suspended or cancelled if the holder of the licence:

• Has not complied with the Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence Code of Conduct; or
• Has their Motor Drivers Licence suspended or cancelled; or
• Has not complied with a road law; or
• Has obtained the licence through false or misleading information; or
• Is not physically fit to engage safely in the activities of a licensed pilot.

11. Who can ask to see my Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence?

A Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence holder must produce their licence when directed to do so by:

  • Main Roads Transport Inspectors
  • Main Roads Traffic Escort Wardens
  • Western Australian Police Officers

12. How long will it take to get a Heavy Vehicle Pilots Licence?
From receipt of all completed documentation, Main Roads requires 10 working days to complete the licensing process. Once approved please allow up to 20 working days for completion of the Gazettal process.

13. What if I fail my medical assessment?
Main Roads advises working with your Medical Practitioner to address any health issues which may have caused a failed examination.

14. What is the process if I am a current Accredited Pilot and I have not submitted my application?

If you were a current Accredited Pilot before the commencement date of 28 November 2016, you are now taken to be a transitional pilot for the period of three years from the commencement date.  If you wish to transition to the WA Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence, you can make an application during the tranisition period by:

  • Holding a current non-probationary Motor Drivers Licence
  • Passing an Assessment of Fitness to Drive for Commercial Drivers examination; no older than 6 months prior to the date of application;
  • Passing a Western Australian Heavy Vehicle Pilot training refresher course from a Registered Training Provider and;
  • Complete an application form and pay an administration fee of $205.

 The application must be accompanied by evidence that the applicant is a transitional pilot. 

15. What if my medical practitioner recommends a re-assessment date that falls before my 3 year Pilot Licence is due for renewal?

You will be required to re-submit another Commercial Driver's medical.

16. Do I need to fill in a Record of Movement form for every move?

Yes. Main Roads have provided a sample form, however feel free to add additional information to make the form your own. Please consult the Business Rules for what must be included in the form.

 

If you would like a PDF version of the Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence Frequently Asked Questions click on the image or link below.

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Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence​ Frequently Asked Questions PDF document

 

Last Updated: 06 August 2018