Certified Oversized/Overweight Load Escort Vehicle Operator
Escort car services benefit all parties involved in the transportation of over-dimensional loads: the manufacturers themselves, the trucking companies transporting the load, the general motoring public, and all other drivers and pedestrians on our highways. The following industry best practices are recommended, and this is accomplished by, among other ways:
1. Increasing overall safety of the traveling public;
2. Increasing the safety of the people involved in the movement of the Overdimensional load.
3. Preventing damage to the highway system;
4. Preventing damage to the load being transported;
5. Preventing or minimizing delays to the normal traffic flow;
6. Reducing accident/loss rates thereby holding down insurance costs;
7. Encouraging uniform escort operations.
"Your safety, the safety of your crew, and the safety of the motoring public are more important than any transporting operation being performed."
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) administers a program to certify Oversize-Overweight load escort vehicle drivers as required by O.C. G.A. §32-6-28(a)(8), effective July 1, 2010. The program is also described in GDOT Board Rules 672-2-.06 to include instruction in safe and effective escort skills, examination that documents course comprehension, and a system of recognizing drivers certified by this oranother state. General requirements are that an escort driver must be:
1. Certified by another state's approved program, or
2. A Georgia law enforcement officer, or
3. A person who meets one of the following requirements:
a. Is at least 21 years of age, or
b. Is at least 18 years of age with a Class A commercial driver's license, or
c. Is at least 18 years of age, has been employed as an escort driver for at least one year, and is sponsored by his/her employer for entry into the certification program and completes all certification requirements prior to July 1, 2011; and
4. Possesses a valid driver's license without restrictions other than for use of corrective lens and has a driving history without conviction of driving while impaired or reckless driving in the previous 12 months. Certified pilot/escort drivers must have a valid driver’s license from the state or jurisdiction where the driver is a resident; and
5. Possesses documentation of completion of a defensive driving course approved by the National Safety Council or an equivalent course.
6. Has successfully completed eight classroom hours of a GDOT oversize-overweight escort vehicle operator course with certification exam score of at least 80 percent (80%) correct and has received consequent certification by the Department.
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