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  • 17 May 2020 7:00 PM | Anthony Bell (Administrator)



    DON'T MISS OUR CONFERENCE CALL

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    Call in and listen to us discuss our industry and hear what new information we are learning about PEVOs.

    Set you clocks now for our conference call!  You don't want to miss this one.

    Our calls are always on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 8:00 PM Eastern, so mark your calendar and set your clock.

    This is an open call with members and non-members alike from across our wonderful nation. Here's your chance to ask questions and voice your view on anything and everything concerning the Pilot Car industry. Or, you can just dial in and listen.

    We are looking forward to hearing you on the call!

     

    National Pilot Car Association: +1 (205) 392-8867

    Email: info@nationalpca.org

    Address: PO Box 622, Lincoln, AL 35096


  • 18 Apr 2020 3:41 PM | Anthony Bell (Administrator)


  • 09 Apr 2020 7:56 PM | Anthony Bell (Administrator)

    April general conference call Will be rescheduled to the third Sunday of April. Submission of any questions or concerns you may have May be emailed to Info at info@nationalpca.org for our guest speaker. Please please please forward me your questions so we can get them to the guest speaker. It will be safe to assume a lot of the same questions will be tried to ask we want to keep it narrowed down so we don’t take up as much time of the guest speakers time. Thank you all for your participation.

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  • 20 Feb 2020 9:02 AM | Anthony Bell (Administrator)

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    Address: PO Box 266, Lincoln, AL  35096

    Phone: (205) 392-8867

    Email: info@nationalpca.org


  • 12 Feb 2020 12:32 PM | Anthony Bell (Administrator)

    Letter from the NPCA President.

    It has been brought to our attention by Pilot Car Escort Drivers and several carriers that some law enforcement officers are delaying escorts and issuing them warnings  in the Garden City area of Kansas about a regulation requiring pilot car drivers to be exactly 300' in front (lead) and 300' behind (chase) a given load. They are threatening to issue citations in the future and have said they will have spotters out looking for pilot cars not in compliance with the regulation.

    We Pilot Escort Vehicle Operators (PEVOs) are very aware that this is an unsafe distance from which to lead a load. It does not account for the safe stopping distance of the load, let alone the ability of the lead escort to do his/her job correctly to ensure the safety of the public around these dangerous loads. We will be addressing the matter with Kansas officials over the next week to educate them about our concerns and seek a change to this regulation at the earliest convenience.

    K.A.R. Section 36-1-36 Paragraph f item 4 states:

    "(4) Unless conditions dictate a different following distance, escorting vehicles shall travel at a distance not to exceed 300 feet in front or 300 feet to the rear of the load"

    Link: https://casetext.com/regulation/kansas-administrative-code/agency-36-kansas-department-of-transportation/article-1-special-permits-loads-and-vehicles/section-36-1-36-common-requirements

    Pilot Car Operators certainly have some leeway to argue that "conditions dictate" that we lead a load from a distance greater than 300' given the demands of our physical safety and the need to fulfill our job tasks to ensure the safety of the public. The FHWA pilot car best practices guide prepared with the assistance of industry leaders and experts in concert with the federal government clearly contradicts this Kansas regulation by suggesting a greater spacing distance for the lead escort. If you are issued a warning or a citation for this please take down the officer's name and badge number, the jurisdiction (state trooper, sheriff, or city police), and/or ticket information and immediately contact the National Pilot Car Association. We will be available to do what we can to assist you and get information and warnings to the industry.

    Over the past seven months the NPCA has been making an effort to educate transportation and law enforcement civil service leaders in Kansas about the industry in the hopes that they may choose to change their regulations and their approach. They recently enacted a series of laws and regulations that we strongly desire to see changed. It is a high priority for the NPCA to educate Kansas officials on this particularly troublesome regulation. The NPCA is also launching an effort to educate Kansas state legislators about the pilot car industry in the hopes that they will draft more sensible legislation in the future.

    In the meantime, we recommend that pilot car operators be aware of their distance from the load in the Garden City area of Kansas; but please DO NOT allow this regulation to impair your safety or interfere with your ability to lead and chase loads safely to through Kansas.


  • 12 Feb 2020 8:19 AM | Anthony Bell (Administrator)

    New law requires escort vehicle drivers to be registered

    Posted Jan 08, 2020 4:50 AM KDOT


    A new law passed by the Kansas Legislature went into effect on Jan. 1 that requires escort vehicle companies/service providers working with overwidth/overweight vehicles to be registered with the Kansas Secretary of Transportation, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

    The statute states that escort vehicle drivers must be registered, successfully complete an escort vehicle training course, and have a valid driver’s license. There is no fee to register or to renew a registration. Registration is valid for one year.

    “This change has added requirements between the escorts and the oversize/overweight vehicles, which will help improve safety and communication so there is a better understanding of the routes to be used and where everyone should be when moving these loads,” said Dominique Shannon, KDOT Bridge Evaluation Engineer. 

    KDOT worked with agency partners and law enforcement on the registration requirements for escort vehicle service providers. Starting this month, if an overwidth/overweight vehicle gets stopped for any reason by a law enforcement officer, the officer may verify that any driver escorting the overwidth/overweight vehicle is registered to operate in Kansas.

    “If a driver escorting an overwidth/overweight vehicle is not registered, the officer may require the load to stop until it has a registered escort driver,” Shannon said.

    To register as an escort vehicle service provider, visit the K-TRIPS website at www.k-trips.comand create a user account. After a user account is created, all required registration information for the vehicles and the drivers can be entered through the Company Data. To ask questions or for more details, there is a live chat option on the website or call 785-368-6501 during business hours. 


  • 07 Aug 2019 3:07 PM | Anthony Bell (Administrator)


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