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Maine Pilot Cars / Escort Vechicle Requirements

When Pilot Vehicle(s)are required:

Needed, if:

  • More than 80 feet long; or
  • More than 12 feet wide

Pilot Vehicles Requirements


  • Light truck or automobile
  • Mirrors: Interior, right outside, left outside
  • Special lighting - Amber, flashing, rotary or light bar; Extreme top left and right or left to right.


  • "Oversize load" in black eight inch high letters on yellow background
  • Five feet wide by twelve inches high
  • Rear bumper when following load
  • Front bumper when preceding load
  • Roof mounted is an option with sign facing appropriate direction
  • Remove or cover when not in escort service


  • Two-way mobile
  • One-half mile radius


  • Minimum age 18 years
  • Hold a motor vehicle operator's license for two consecutive years

Position of single pilot vehicle:

  • Divided highway to the rear of the load
  • Undivided highway to the front of the load

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