SEPT 8 2014
Steven Barnes, President of National Pilot Car Safety Institute, Inc (NPCSI), has been contracted as Project Manager for Phase 2 of the rewrite/update of the FHWA Pilot Escort Best Practices Guidelines and Law Enforcement Escort Best Practices Guidelines and related training materials by Leidos/SAIC, winner of the recent FHWA bid proposal.
The rewrite/update of Best Practices comes on the heels of an NTSB report outlining the factors involved in the 2013 Skagit River Bridge collapse and included the recommendation for a national standardized pilot car operator certification program.
Leidos/SAIC brings an experienced team into the process and has developed a realistic understanding of the task and a broadly encompassing plan to ensure a final product that addresses the concerns and needs of the pilot car and heavy-haul industries.
Barnes involvement in the project will give the industry a strong voice and unprecedented opportunity for involvement in the process thru an interaction of identifiable stakeholder groups, such as the newly formed National Pilot Car Association, Inc.
The rewrite/update phase is expected to last 12 months with a promotional marketing campaign to extend to 2 years. Interactive webinars are planned to allow participation in material review and commentary by a wide spectrum of industry, including the pilot car sector, heavy haul companies, insurance providers and regulatory agencies.
Additionally, Steven Todd, VP of Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association has been named Project Manager for Phase 4 - Marketing, and has pledged to help bring together diverse interest groups focusing on the common benefits of improved safety, efficiency and uniformity.
Included with course materials is the NEW Volume 10 Oversize Load and Pilot Car Directory.
”The essential guide of reminders, rules and regulations, legal requirements, and safety suggestions for all who conduct trucking and escort operations on the
highways of the United States.”