Vehicle Equipment List & Running Costs

As mentioned on previous pages, each state has its own regulations and requirements.   If you equip your vehicle with the following, you will meet all the requirements of each state.   Always check the local State Regulations.

 

Below is a list of Equipment required in a Pilot/Escort Vehicle

  • Amber Rotating Light;

    • hard wired to vehicle electrical circuit (cigarette lighter connection not acceptable),

    • minimum output 55 watt (LED's permitted - conditions apply, see local regulations),

    • must be visible 360 degrees (hence Pilots use 2 x Amber Lights because of the Oversize Sign),

  • Sign "Oversize Load Ahead", printed on both sides, must meet Australian Standards (AS1906) with mounting assembly,

  • UHF Two Way Radio Kit, new models have 80 UHF Channels (most Pilots have 2 UHF Radio's),

  • Mobile Phone/s,

  • 1 Kg Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher,

  • Hard Broom - for cleaning debris off the machinery and road (Vic only),

  • First Aid Kit,

  • Hi-Vis Lime/Yellow vest with "PILOT" printed on front and rear and reflective tape around chest and waist (WA Pilot vest is the best),

  • Hard Hat,

  • PPE - Long Sleeve Hi-vis shirt (with reflective tape),

  • Long Trousers (with reflective tape),

  • Safety Boots/shoes/runners, Safety Gloves, Eye Protection, Ear Protection, Sun Protection (sunblock & hat shades),

  • 6 x Traffic Cones &/or Triangles, and

  • Torch and spare batteries.

 

Transport Companies are becoming more and more safety conscious and are requiring Pilots to carry and/or wear appropriate PPE, this comes under "Duty of Care" and "Chain of Responsibility".

Remember, the cabin of your vehicle is classed as a Work Place and comes under OH&S Regulations.

 

Level 2 Pilot / Traffic Control

  • "Stop/Slow" Sign,

  • Traffic Wand (spare batteries),

  • Hi-Vis "Pilot" vest as mentioned above (WA Pilot Vest is recommended),

  • PPE (as above), and

  • UHF Handheld Radio (for use when you are out of the vehicle).

 

Optional Equipment;

  • Front Lighting;

    • Wig Wag Lights - these are permitted by some states and not by other states, the states allowing Wig Wag Lights require them to be ADR 76/00 compliant and operated 4.5m Wide and over loads (Qld - White or Amber, WA - White)

  • 2nd UHF Radio Kit,

  • 27 Meg AM CB Radio Kit, some transport companies and pilots use these for communications between each other, especially in hi radio traffic areas, like the Capital Cities,

  • Basic Tool Kit, to carry out minor vehicle repairs on the road,

  • Vehicle Spares such as;

    • Fuses,

    • Light Bulbs (don't forget Rotating Beacon bulbs),

    • Fan Belts,

    • Radiator Hoses,

    • Jumper Leads,

    • Fuel Filters,

    • any other spares that you may think you need, just enough to keep you going if you have a minor breakdown.

 

Eating and Sleeping Facilities (Optional)

As a Pilot/Escort, there will be times that you are away on the open road, pulled up for the night out in the middle of nowhere, you are going to have to eat, sleep and do other things.   It is suggested that you equip your vehicle with the basics to get you through these situations.

Talk to other Pilot/Escort Drivers, see how they have set themselves up and what gear they carry.

 

Most truck drivers are equipped for these situations and carry their own cooking equipment, food and drinking water.

 

Below is a list that might help you;

  • bedding (swag or foam mattress),

  • Drinking water (min 10 ltrs),

  • Gas Stove (fold away type are the best),

  • Kettle/saucepans for boiling water/cooking or heating,

  • cooking and eating utensils (don't forget the coffee mug & stubbie cooler for soft drinks),

  • food for at least 2 - 3 days, some drivers have;

    • frozen food cooked at home and then reheat on the road,

    • frozen bought meals,

    • dehydrated food which is reconstituded and heated,

    • tinned food,

    • cook a meal on the road,

    • tea, coffee, sugar,

  • Fridge (compressor type is the best) and/or Esky (think of the cost of ice every day or so).

 

Operating Costs (General)

These costs are on going;

  • Company or Business Registration Fees (annual),

  • Public Liability (annual), minimum $10 million, most go for $20 million,

  • Vehicle Registration (annual),

  • Vehicle Insurance, with extra Windscreen cover (annual),

  • Accounting/Bookkeeping Fees (monthly/annual - depending on your setup),

  • If you Gross over $70,000 each Financial Year, you must register for GST

  • Mobile Phone/s (monthly),

  • Office - Computer, Printer, Stationary, pens & pencils, etc,

  • Toll Fees,

  • Wages (remember, you have to pay yourself something to live)

 

Vehicle Running Costs

  • Fuel (biggest expense),

  • Servicing - major and minor,

  • Repairs - unexpected (wear and tear on vehicle),

  • Tyres (generally every 80,000 kms),

  • Windscreens (windscreen damage will mainly occur when at the rear of your load), expect to replace a windscreen at least once every 12 months,

  • Light Bulbs (because you will be operating with your lights on, bulbs are a regular replacement), consider LED bulbs,

  • Wiper Blades, and

  • Dead Running (running between jobs unpaid).

 

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