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Pilot vehicle rules & penalties

Pilots provide a warning to motorists that there is an oversize vehicle on the road. An oversize vehicle requires a greater distance to stop than a standard car and requires more room on the road when travelling and making turns.

To keep our roads safe pilots direct motorists verbally or by hand signals. Pilot vehicles display a bright yellow "oversize load ahead" sign and either one or two amber flashing lights on the roof of their car.

When you see a pilot vehicle, remember to:

  • slow down;
  • move over or off the road;
  • follow the pilot vehicle driver's directions; and
  • be patient.
Failure to follow a pilot vehicle driver's directions can result in a penalty.$1003

Please visit the Main Roads WA for more information on pilot vehicles.

The information available on our website provides a simple interpretation of the law and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Full details of traffic offences and penalties are contained in the Road Traffic Code 2000.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community.
We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

The Road Safety Commission is a portfolio within WA Police Force. It reports to the Minister for Road Safety, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA.