The Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) is an industry initiative backed by government to ensure all tanker drivers in the UK are trained and assessed to a consistent, high standard. It has been created by the Downstream Oil Industry Distribution Forum (DODF) — a partnership of employers, industry bodies and trade unions. The DODF has appointed the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to manage the PDP. SQA already manages the ADR scheme — the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road.
The PDP scheme sets a benchmark in competency against which all road tanker drivers who are loading, transporting and offloading petroleum fuel products in road tankers in the UK are measured. Competency is assessed using both classroom and practical techniques.
The passport is renewed on a five year cycle, but also has an annual refresher requirement.
For terminal operators, this provides a level of confidence that tanker drivers holding a valid PDP who enter the terminal boundary to load products, have achieved and demonstrated a minimum level of competency.
The PDP scheme applies to drivers who load, transport and off-load the following products:
- UN 1202 — Gas oil or diesel fuel or heating oil, light
- UN 1203 — Gasoline or petrol or motor spirit
- UN 1223 — Kerosene
- UN 1863 — Fuel, aviation, turbine engines
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