NSW OSOM Escort Accreditation Scheme

From 1 July 2016 , Roads and Maritime Services will manage a new Oversize and/or Overmass (OSOM) Escort Vehicle Drivers Scheme.

About the scheme

The NSW OSOM Escort Vehicle Driver Scheme (OSOM EVDS) aims to provide greater flexibility to the OSOM industry by providing a greater pool of appropriately trained and accredited service providers and authorised escort vehicle drivers to facilitate OSOM moves.  The OSOM EVDS recognises that NSW Police wish to reallocate their resources to enable them to concentrate on road safety operation and OSOM safety and compliance operations.

Eligibility for service provider accreditation involves demonstrating that the applicant has experience in managing the provision of comparable traffic management services, the ability to maintain records and proof that the relevant insurances are in-place.

The purpose of authorisation is to ensure that escort vehicle drivers have the competence and capacity to provide escort vehicle services in accordance with the requirements of Heavy Vehicle National Law, the OSOM EVDS Business Rules for Accredited Providers and Roads and Maritime Services Authorised Escort Vehicle Drivers (OSOM EVDS Business Rules) and the OSOM EVDS Vehicle Requirements and Operating Guidelines (OSOM EVDS Operating Guidelines).

Roads and Maritime has developed this scheme with the aim of ensuring that trained, competent and suitable persons are available to undertake traffic control while escorting OSOM vehicles. The OSOM EVDS will be introduced in phases, starting with implementation in the Hunter region of NSW where there is a high demand for OSOM escort vehicle services. The aim of a phased roll out is to identify any problems or safety risks in moving to the new OSOM EVDS.

Becoming an accredited provider of escort vehicle services

Please follow the steps below:

  1. Download the OSOM EVDS Business Rules and application form - service providers.
  2. Read and understand the eligibility criteria and requirements.
  3. Send a completed application with supporting documents to:
    • Email: ais@rms.nsw.gov.au
    • Post: Processing Officer – Enrolment Services, PO Box 122, Glen Innes NSW 2370
    • Fax: 1300 793 865.
  4. Roads and Maritime will evaluate your application and inform you of the next steps.

Becoming an authorised escort vehicle driver

Please follow the steps below:

  1. Download the OSOM EVDS Business Rules and application form - drivers.
  2. Read and understand the eligibility criteria and requirements.
  3. Send a completed application with supporting documents to
    • Email: ais@rms.nsw.gov.au
    • Post: Processing Officer – Enrolment Services, PO Box 122, Glen Innes NSW 2370
    • Fax:1300 793 865.
  4. Roads and Maritime will then evaluate your application and inform you of the next steps.
  5. Qualification requirements

Qualification requirements

Step 1- Entry Level

To become an Authorised Escort Vehicle Driver, you must successfully complete the following units of competence:

  1. TLIB2004 Carry Out Vehicle Inspection.
  2. TLIC3010 Pilot or Escort OSOM Loads.
  3. TLIE3009 Use Pilot and Escort Communication.
  4. TLIF3013 Coordinate Breakdowns and Emergencies
  5. TLIF3060 Control Traffic as a Pilot Vehicle Operator
  6. TLIH3002 Plan & Navigate Routes.

To complete these units of competence, you must undertake training through an Authorised Registered Training Organisation (RTO). See training.gov.au for a list of the RTOs that deliver these units.

Step 2

  1. On the home page, go to nationally recognised training under quick search on the right hand side of the page.
  2. Place one of the codes from the nominated list eg TLIC3010 into the nationally recognised training box and press the search button.
  3. Click on the unit of competence that is nominated as ‘current’.
  4. You will note that under ‘Mapping’, there is unit code. This is hyperlinked to allow you to find RTOs approved to deliver this unit of competence. Generally, the RTO would deliver most, if not all of the required units of competence.

  5. Please note that the list of RTOs is in alphabetical order. Choose one that is in a geographically suitable area to you. Each unit of competence may not be delivered by one RTO.
  6. Contact your chosen RTO and discuss with them how you can undertake the required units of competence. Once you have successfully completed the units of competence, you will be given a statement of attainment by the RTO which then allows you to apply to become an authorised escort vehicle driver.
  7. You may eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning, depending on your experience and skills. This is something you should discuss with your nominated Registered Training Organisation.

Please note that the “TLIF3060 Control Traffic as a Pilot Vehicle Operator” unit of competence must have been undertaken not more than 3 years before an application for a new appointment or a renewal of appointment as an Authorised Escort Vehicle Driver.

Once all the units of competence have been completed, a copy of the transcript with the completed units is required to be forwarded to Roads and Maritime Services Email ais@rms.nsw.gov.au.

Step 3

Approval as an NSW Escort Vehicle Driver

Once your enrolment has been assessed and approved by Roads and Maritime Services, Enrolment Services section, you will automatically be invited to complete the induction training. You will be required to complete this induction before you can be appointed as an authorised Escort Vehicle Driver.

In order to finalise your requirements, you are required to complete the Oversize / Overmass (OSOM) Escort Vehicle Driver Induction Training which will cover the following topics:

  1. OSOM Escort Vehicle Driver business rules
  2. OSOM Escort Vehicle Driver operational guidelines
  3. Road safety considerations
  4. Your obligations as a public official
  5. OSOM Escort Vehicle Driver Code of Conduct.

On completion, the trainer will send notification of your completion back to the Enrolment Services section. Provided that you have met all the other requirements your application will be finalised. Your authorisation making you eligible to commence operating as an Escort Driver in NSW will be sent out to the address marked on your application form.

Documents and forms

Business Rules for Accredited Providers and Authorised Escort Vehicle Drivers

Vehicle Requirements and Operating Guidelines

Code of conduct for OSOM Accredited Providers and Authorised Escort Vehicle Drivers

What it means to be a public official

OSOM Pilot and Escort Vehicle Matrix

Application for Provisional Authorisation of Escort Vehicle Drivers for Phases 1 and 2

Application for Provisional Accreditation of Escort Vehicle Service Providers for Phase 1 and 2

Oversize and/or Overmass Load Movement Record Form

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