All Sections are California Vehicle Code
A "Pilot Car" is a motor vehicle except a motorcycle, motorized
bicycle, or motorized quadricycle, which is issued to escort one or
more other vehicle, when required, due to the vehicles' size or character
of load, in accordance with conditions set forth in a permit issued
by the appropriate state agency or by a local authority.
|Warning lights on Pilot Cars|
Any pilot car required by the permit referred to in Section 35780 or
35790, or any vehicle or combination of vehicles subject to the permit
if specified in the permit, shall be quipped with flashing amber warning
lights to the front, sides or rear. The pilot car and vehicle
required by the permit to have flashing amber warning lights, shall
display the flashing amber warning lights while actually engaged in
the movement described in the permit. The warning lamps shall
be removed or covered with opaque material whenever the pilot car is
not escorting the movement described in the permit.
There shall be displayed in a conspicuous place on both the right and
left sides of a pilot car a sign showing the name of the company which
owns or operates the pilot car. The name shall contrast with the
background and shall be of a size, shape, and color as to be readily
legible during daylight hours from a distance of 50 feet. Additional
markings which do not interfere with the legibility of the name may
also be displayed.
Subject to Section 25783.5, a pilot car shall display neat, clean and
legible sings containing the word "OVERSIZE."
The words "OVERSIZE LOAD," "WIDE LOAD,"
OR "LONG LOAD" may be substituted as applicable.
The sign shall be a minimum of 48 inches above the ground and shall
be legible at 45 degrees from either side when read from the front or
rear. The sign shall have a bright yellow background with a minimum
projected area of 440 square inches. The lettering shall be black
with a 1-inch minimum brush stroked width and a 6-inch minimum letter
A pilot car shall display at least one red warning flag on each side
of the vehicle. The flags shall be a minimum of 16 inches square,
and shall be mounted so as to be visible from both the front and rear
of the vehicle. The flags shall be removed or covered when the
vehicle is not operating as a pilot car.
In addition to the lighting, sign, and flag requirements in Section
25270, 27904, 27904.5, and 28100, a pilot car shall meet all of the
|Vertical Clearance Measuring Device|
Pilot cars equipped with vertical clearance measuring devices shall
comply with Sec 35252
It is unlawful and an infraction for any person to violate any provision
of this article or to fail to have any required equipment in good working
|CW/os (Rev. 3/8/95)|