We have decades of experience in providing pilot car services
- UK wide and throughout Europe.
For specific law on French escort cars (voitures pilotes) please see: French Escort Cars
Our UK & European Abnormal Load escort cars / pilot cars follow the guidelines / lighting and marking regulations for Abnormal Load self escorting vehicles. They are marked up to the ACPO / Highways England Code of Practice (Self-Escorting of Abnormal Loads and Abnormal Vehicles) fully equipped and are driven by highly experienced escorters.
In addition, we have a network of pilot car drivers across the UK and Europe with vast local knowledge to assist your abnormal load transport.
Our vehicles are insured specifically to cover the escorting of abnormal loads on public highways as well as holding public liability insurance. See below for our escort car equipment specification.
For a no obligation escort car quote please either email us with your requirements firstname.lastname@example.org, give us a call on +44 23 8045 3045 or fill in the quote request form on the right.
Convoi Exceptionnel's drivers liaise with multiple police forces en route and thanks to decades of experience, work quickly and professionally to troubleshoot any issues that may arise. Our Europe wide network of abnormal load escort vehicles carry two way radios with UK and European frequencies as well as highway safety equipment.
In each European country you may need to negotiate with police forces in different local regions as well as at national level. Having built up contacts over decades we are able to do this efficiently and effectively. Convoi Exceptionnel can organise the escorts for the whole of your route, as well as negotiating with and scheduling Police Escorts. We then liaise with them throughout the journey.
Our Abnormal Load Escort Car minimum Specification:
* Descriptive Signs indicating “Escort Vehicle” - “Abnormal Load”
* Rear and side of vehicle marked with hi-visibility chevron markings to agreed HA Standards * Mobile phone with fully hands free device fitted (BS Guide DD 235) * 2 Mobile Radio devices (one for transport driver if he has no suitable radio) * Traffic Cones with reflective sleeve * 4 off lighting units for traffic cones * Reflective breakdown triangles * Spare load marker signs (4) * Powder or CO2 Fire Extinguisher to BS EN3 (with valid certificate)
* An in date First Aid Kit (1-10 employee – CE Approved) * Camera * Vehicle tracking system * Full Police and Highway Authority contact manuals * Hi visibility jacket and vest with reflective sashes, hard hat for driver * Maps covering areas being used including Truckers Bridge Height Map.
Pilots on the ground
The key thing for private escorts is experience. A wide load is different from a long load. While lighter loads can move quite quickly, heavy haulage can be very slow indeed. When it comes to recruitment, Convoi "always favours people with knowledge. We employ ex-police traffic officers where possible.” Indeed the same is true of the firm’s notification process to police and local authorities. Experience and knowledge is vital.
In the UK, it was once the duty of the police to escort large loads. They handed over responsibility at each of more than 40 police force boundaries, with each area having its own rules. Consequently, moving such cumbersome cargo could be a drawn out and expensive process with plenty of standing time waiting for changeovers. Private escorts have helped a lot with reducing this waiting time as it means that transports can run straight through county boundaries on clear roads, with the escort driver ensuring each police force is advised 30 minutes prior to crossing a county boundary. It also provides greater flexibility for Convoi to organise the movement of loads at optimum times to minimise traffic congestion and maximise load safety.
Convoi Exceptionnel Ltd
10 Mitchell Point, Hamble,
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