Heavy Vehicle Pilots

‚ÄčHeavy Vehicle Pilots play a key role in maintaining road safety and property protection in the movement of oversize and/or over-mass (OSOM) loads throughout Western Australia (WA) . 

All heavy vehicle pilots operating in WA are required to obtain a Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence. The Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence aims to introduce and maintain industry benchmark standards and support improved safety on our roads.

To obtain a Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence you will need to:

  • Hold a current non-probationary Motor Drivers Licence obtainable from the Department of Transport;
  • Pass an Assessment of Fitness to Drive for Commercial Drivers examination, must remain valid for a minimum period of 12 months from the time of application or renewal of the Pilot Licence;
  • Pass a Western Australian Heavy Vehicle Pilot training course from a registered training provider; and
  • Complete an application form and pay a $205 administrative fee.

Pilot Role and Responsibilities

The Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence requirements are prescribed in the Road Traffic (Vehicle) Regulations 2014 and the
Heavy Vehicle Pilot Business Rules have been developed to explain the required steps to obtain and maintain a Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence and also defines possible sanctions.

The Heavy Vehicle Pilot Code of Conduct defines the roles and responsibilities of Heavy Vehicle Pilots in WA. It also provides a detailed list of the operating requirements, including record of movement, clothing, signage and vehicle requirements,  which have been developed to support the safe and efficient movement of OSOM loads.  Heavy Vehicle Pilots are reminded failure to adhere to the Code of Conduct may result in a penalty or suspension/cancellation of the  pilot vehicle licence.

Heavy Vehicle Pilot Audit Regime

Main Roads WA is introducing the WA Heavy Vehicle Pilot Audit Regime as a result of complaints received in relation to damages caused by oversize loads, the unsafe manner in which some pilots conduct themselves and the general public failing to follow directions from licensed pilots.  The Audit Regime is aimed at assisting to address these issues.

It is a requirement under an Oversize Permit, including a Period Permit and a Single Trip Permit, that all pilot vehicles accompanying a load in excess of 4.5 metres in width be fitted with forward facing video recording devices.

The following document specifies the responsibilities, the minimum video recording device requirements, the storage requirements for the video recordings and the associated auditing process.

Oversize Vehicle Pilot Video - Audit Regime - As at January 2020

The standard specifies 1080p high definition quality footage be required.  However, pilots will need to take into consideration that this may have an impact if a pilot wishes to use the footage for evidentiary purposes in the event of an incident.  

The Audit Regime will come into effect on the 1st April 2020.

In addition, regulation 454H of the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014 stipulates a Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence may be subject to any other conditions decided by the Commissioner of Main Roads, so far as is practicable to ensure any activity that is authorised by the licence is conducted safely.  As the Audit Regime is a condition of permit and is required for the move, if it is not complied with then pilots and companies may be infringed or prosecuted for non-compliance.

Heavy Vehicle Pilot Training Providers

To become an Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence holder in WA you must successfully complete a training course and be approved by the Commissioner of Police. 

 The first step is to contact one of the registered training organisations to get information on course details and availability.  Training is coordinated by the following authorised trainers:

Once you have completed your course, your training provider will supply your information to Main Roads and we will arrange for you to be approved as an authorised person by the Commissioner of Police.

If you are already an accredited or certified pilot in another state or territory you may be eligible for a shorter training course.

Provisions for Agricultural Pilots

Please visit our Agricultural page.


Publications and useful links

Contact Details

Phone : 138 486
Fax: (08) 9475 8455
Email: pilots@mainroads.wa.gov.au 
(please submit your application form, supporting documentation and, if relevant, card replacement request form to this email address)
Address: 525 Great Eastern Highway, Redcliffe. WA 6104.


Modified: 05 May 2020