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Kentucky Pilot Cars / Escort Vechicle Requirements

Escort Vehicle Safety Requirements


  • A required escort vehicle shall accompany the overweight or over-dimensional vehicle at a distance of 300 feet (91.44 meters) on open highways unless it is necessary to travel at a distance closer or farther away from the vehicle accompanied for safety or due to road conditions.
  • Post appropriate signs on the vehicle.
  • A warning sign shall be displayed on a lead escort vehicle so that it is visible to oncoming traffic.
  • The warning sign shall be 6 to 8 feet in width stating "OVERSIZE LOAD" in black letters on a yellow background.
  • The black letters shall be at least 18 inches high (457.2 millimeters) with a brush stroke of at least one and 1.4 inches (35.56 millimeters).
  • Maintain radio contact with the load.
  • Have amber strobe lights or flashing lights on the escort vehicle.
  • Keep its headlamps lit during transit.
  • Use a height pole if the escorted load is 15 feet or greater.


Source of information: https://drive.ky.gov/motor-carriers/Pages/OWOD-Escort-Requirements.aspx 

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