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Overview

The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) with funds provided by grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Office of Freight Management and Operations and in cooperation with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) prepared these guidelines. The contents of the guidelines are the result of extensive research and analysis conducted by the association, a review of federal and state regulations and “Best Practice” analysis of existing Pilot Car Escort training materials. Input was solicited from subject matter experts representing specialized carriers, pilot car escorts, permitting officials, federal highway officials and training specialists. Comments concerning the contents were received from various entities including, the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Southern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Keen Transport, Inc., DAWES Specialized Transportation, COMDATA and the Pilot Car Escort Training Project Working Group. Their input is gratefully acknowledged. The Working Group included representatives from the pilot car escort industry, SC&RA, FHWA and a training specialist.

The guidelines summarize the results of extensive research and analysis of existing formalized pilot car escort training materials. The analysis culminated in the identification of the noted “Best Practices” for pilot car escort assisted movement of permitted oversize/overweight loads. The outline is intended as a guide for prospective pilot car escort operations and as a review for existing operations. It is recommended that the Pilot Car Escort Training Manual, the Pilot Car Escort Study Guide and the Pilot Car Escort Training Test supplement the guide. The related Microsoft PowerPoint presentation offers an excellent mechanism for classroom presentation and completes this comprehensive Pilot Car Escort Training Program. Each of the program components can be used individually or partnered with one or more of the other components. This format offers flexibility to meet the needs of the one to two employee pilot car escort operation to the more complex multi-state operation.

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