Pilot Cars

All Sections are California Vehicle Code


Pilot Car
472. 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
25270. 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.
Pilot Cars
27904.  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.
Pilot Cars
27904.5  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 height.
Warning Flags
28100.  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.
Additional Requirements
28101.  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 following requirements:

(a) Be a vehicle not less than 60 inches in width

(b) Be equipped with all of the following:

(1) One STOPSLOW paddle.

(2) One orange vest, shirt, or jacket.

(3) One red hang flag (24 inches square).

(4) One two-way radio communication device.

Vertical Clearance Measuring Device
28102.  Pilot cars equipped with vertical clearance measuring devices shall comply with Sec 35252
28103.  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 order.
CW/os (Rev. 3/8/95)