This report presents the current situation for pilot and escort vehicle drivers in Australian jurisdictions, and proposes a nationally harmonised approach. This approach was developed in consultation with jurisdictional stakeholders through workshops and face-to-face meetings.

It is intended that, ultimately, both the accreditation scheme and the operational guideline will be called-up by the Heavy Vehicle National Law, and that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator will play a central role in administering the accreditation scheme. Transitional arrangements have been proposed, whereby the status quo will be retained until such time as the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is in a position to commence the scheme. Upon commencement, an approach has been proposed for transitioning existing pilots and escorts into the national accreditation scheme.