Pilot/Escort Vehicle Certification Training
In 2012, the State of Minnesota passed new laws mandating operators of vehicles escorting over-dimensional loads to be certified by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. All operators will be required to carry this certification beginning January 1, 2014. Advanced Minnesota, in partnership with Hennepin Technical College, has led the way in developing a training response to this mandate.Additionally, Lieutenant Tom Nelson with the Minnesota State Patrol has just announced that Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operation Certification training curriculum reciprocity now exists with Florida, along with Colorado, North Carolina, Utah and Washington.
This means: Minnesota domiciled and out of state pilot/escort drivers holding Colorado, Florida, and Utah certification that is still current on or after January 2, 2014, will not be required to obtain Minnesota certification to operate in Minnesota (with conditions—see below). Once it expires, however, pilot/escort drivers domiciled in Minnesota will be required to obtain Minnesota certification. This will require attending the initial 8-hour training class and passing the examination.
Conditions: Colorado, Florida, Utah and Washington certification holders will be allowed to escort overdimensional loads in Minnesota provided that the Minnesota insurance, driver, vehicle, and safety equipment requirements are met. And Minnesota certification holders will be allowed to escort overdimensional loads in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Utah and Washington, provided that insurance, driver, vehicle, and safety equipment requirements are met for those states.