Pilot Licence

The Heavy Vehicle Pilot License (HVPL) Scheme Review and the HVPL Scheme Review Stakeholder Reference Group were utilised to redevelop the HVPL Code of Conduct and HVPL Business Rules. Together, these documents seek to make clear the roles and responsibilities for HVPL and transport operators, and to amalgamate operating conditions. The documents are available below, within the ‘Roles and Responsibilities’ section.

Heavy vehicle pilots play a key role in ensuring road safety and property protection in the movement of oversize and/or overmass (OSOM) loads. All heavy vehicle pilots operating in Western Australia (WA) are required to obtain a Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence (HVPL).

 Needing to move an oversize agricultural vehicle? Find out more by visiting the Agricultural Vehicles page

Roles and Responsibilities

The Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence (HVPL) requirements are detailed in the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014.

To help explain the steps you need to take to obtain and maintain a HVPL, we've put together these Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence Business Rules

To understand your roles and responsibilities as a heavy vehicle pilot in WA please refer to the Heavy Vehicle Pilot Code of Conduct. The code also provides a detailed list of operating conditions including record of movement, clothing, signage and vehicle requirements.

Getting a Licence

To obtain your license,you need to:

  • Hold a current non-probationary C class driver's licence;
  • Undertake a medical assessment of Fitness to Drive for Commercial Drivers within 6 months prior to the date the application is made and ensure that the medical report has a validity of at least 12 months (the Medical Assessment Report Form can be found here);
  • Pass a WA Heavy Vehicle Pilot training course; and
  • Complete and submit an Application Form.
Audit Regime

The Heavy Vehicle Pilot Audit Regime was introduced in April 2020 to help identify damage to roadside items caused by oversize loads and to ensure pilots have adhered to a professional standard of behaviour. 

Regulation 454H of the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014 stipulates that a HVPL may be subject to any other conditions decided by the Commissioner of Main Roads, to ensure any activity that is authorised by the licence is conducted safely. 

It is the responsibility of each and every Pilot to ensure they make themselves aware of any conditions or requirements they are bound by.Non-compliance with the Audit Regime may result in an infringement or prosecution of the Pilot and/or the respective operator. 
Training Providers

As mentioned above, a condition for attaining your Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence is the successful completion and passing of the Heavy Vehicle Pilot Training Course. This includes approval from the Commissioner of Police. 

If you already have heavy vehicle accreditation or certification from another state or territory you may be eligible for a shorter training course.

Training is coordinated by the following authorised trainers:

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