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1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operators Best Practices Guidelines

5. Report Date

February 2017

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Ann Hamilton, PhD
Nicholas Owens
Steven Todd

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

11251 Roger Bacon Dr.
Reston, VA 20190

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Best Practices Guidelines September 2014 – December 2016

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

John Berg, FHWA

16. Abstract

This document summarizes the results of extensive research, review, and analysis of existing pilot/ escort vehicle operator (P/EVO) training materials, laws and rules relevant to P/EVOs, and case studies and other information focused on the movement of oversize loads. Learning how to be a P/ EVO is similar to most other professions—individuals learn how to do the job primarily by doing it, but they must start with a basic understanding of how things work. The purpose of this document is to concisely present basic principles of pilot/escort operations. It is not possible to include detailed aspects of these operations, just as it is not possible to make highly specific laws and rules, not only because of the substantial differences among States with respect to pilot/escort operations, but also because of the seemingly infinite variety of oversize loads themselves.

17. Key Words

Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator, 2016 P/EVO Best Practices Guidelines, P/EVO training course, P/EVO Training Manual; P/EVO Training Study Guide, Pilot/Escort Certification, Pilot Car Training, Escort Training

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions.

19. Security Classification (of this report)


20. Security Classification (of this page)


21. No of Pages


22. Price


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