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Convoi Exceptionnel Pilote Vehicle

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Convoi Exceptionnel Guidance

 

Depending on the Category of the load being transported, one or more pilote cars may be required to accompany the vehicle in order to protect the load and warn other road users of an approaching Convoi. A valid and up to date French pilote qualification is required by all escort drivers and the ability to speak and read French fluently. It is the Hauliers responsibility to arrange the pilote drivers to accompany the load from start to finish of the route. Depending on the route, the permit may require additional escort assistance by the local police.

Whilst loads in Category 1 do not require a pilote vehicle, Category 2 vehicles require a pilote car if the load is over 3m wide and Category 3 vehicles require a pilote vehicle at the front and rear.

French Transport Categories

CAT 2

Length: 20 to 25 meters

Width: 3 to 4 meters

Gross Weight: 48 to 72 Tonnes

Speed Limits

Built up areas: 40km/h

National Roads: 60km/h

Autoroutes: 80km/h

 

CAT 3

Length: over 25 meters

Width: over 4 meters

Gross Weight:over 72 Tonnes

Speed Limits

Built up areas: 30km/h

National Roads: 50km/h

Autoroutes: 60km/h

 

 

 

CAT 1

Length: 15 to 20 meters

Width: 2.55 to 3 meters

Gross Weight: up to 48 Tonnes

Speed Limits

Built up areas: 50km/h

National Roads: 60km/h

Autoroutes: 80km/h

 

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