Work Group Makes Recommendations on Specialized Transportation

- SC&RA recently concluded participation in a unique government/industry work group that spent 4 months studying issues involving state line superload permit inspections, bridge hits, and police/private escorts. The work group consisted of representatives from American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), National Pilot Vehicle Safety Alliance (NAPVSA), National Pilot Car Association (NPCA) and SC&RA.  The recommendations included:

  • Guidelines for streamlining state line inspections of OSOW loads;
  • Guidelines for dimensions of loads which determine when law enforcement escort should be required;
  • Best Practices for stemming the increase in bridge strikes across North America;
  • Guidelines for states/provinces that are considering replacing law enforcement escort of certain OSOW loads with civilian escorts with advanced certifications; and
  • Reciprocity for pilot certification be required for pilot escort vehicle operators in all states and provinces.
SC&RA Vice President Steven Todd noted, “We’re always pleased to have an opportunity to collaborate with government organizations and other related industries on issues to improve safety and harmonization within our industry.  While each organization had its own perspective, as a group we were able to find compromise on several significant areas.”  

Each organization will now consider adopting the recommendations later this year.  For SC&RA that will entail taking the matter through the fall Permit Policy and Safety, Education & Training Committees, followed by the Transportation Governing Group in January.  SC&RA members participating in the Work Group included Kyle Abbott, Landstar; Ron Montgomery, IRH; Rob Simon, Bennett International Group; Joanna Jungles, ATS; Mike Morgan, Pit Row Transportation Solutions; and Louis Juneau, Nova Permits & Pilot Cars.  Click here for a complete summary of participants and recommendations. For more information, contact Todd.

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