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Advisory group seeks standardized training and certification for pilot cars | 2022-08-26

ByJanice K. Merrill

Aug 26, 2022

Lincoln, AL — Helping create a national pilot car training program, as well as pilot and escort vehicle certification, is the goal of the National Pilot Car Stakeholder Advisory Group.

Pilot cars accompany utility vehicles carrying oversized or overweight loads and help navigate them safely to their destinations. The advisory group is made up of members from various government agencies, organizations and representatives from the pilot car industry, including the National Pilot Car Association.

In a press release, the NPCA notes that only 13 states require pilot/escort vehicle operator (P/EVO) certifications, “and the lack of regulation creates a lot of liability.”

The association continues: “A nationally recognized training program would help reduce risk by ensuring that pilot car drivers meet certain requirements and would help mitigate some of the carrier’s liability in the event of an accident. accident. Increased regulation would also protect the operator as they would be able to prove that they have been properly trained.

Other organizations and agencies included in the advisory group are the Federal Highway Administration, the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association.

In 2017, the FHWA partnered with the SC&RA on a set of best practices for law enforcement and speed cars, as well as training and certification of speed cars, according to the SC&RA website.