State Requirements for Escort Vehicles
The requirements for escort vehicles vary from state to state. Therefore, each state has different requirements for Escort Vehicles. However, there are some general requirements that almost all Escort vehicles have to follow. They are the followings:
- The front escort must have amber safety lights that others can see from 360° and from at least 500 feet.
- A sign displaying “OVERSIZE LOAD” must be on the front and the rear of the escort vehicle. The other version is one sign that displays “Oversize Load” on both sides may be mounted on top of the vehicle,
- The “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign must be at least 5 feet wide and 12 inches high, with eight-inch letters with a 2-inch brush stroke.
Requirements for Front Escorts
The front escort is to ensure that approaching vehicles are cautioned of the approaching oversized load. It can be difficult to get the traffic to stop for something such as a narrow bridge because it is illegal for the Front Pilot/Escort to cross the line into the oncoming lane. So the front escort generally goes far enough in advance to caution the trucker through C.B. Radio about the approaching traffic. It is for the driver to be able to stop before the bridge until the front driver relays back to the driver that it is safe to cross without the fear of Oncoming Traffic.
Requirements for Rear Escorts
The Rear Escort may perform obligations such as staying in one or more lanes other than the lanes that the truck and load are occupying. It is for blocking traffic off while the truck and trailer make their turn. In addition, the rear Escort may also make sudden lane changes. This is generally because the truck needs to change lanes because of an obstruction in the road ahead lane ending or one or more vehicles parked on the shoulder of the road, such as police or tow truck.