The Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) is an industry initiative backed by government to ensure that all tanker drivers in the UK are trained and assessed to a consistent, high standard. It has been developed by the Downstream Oil Industry Distribution Forum, a partnership of employers, industry bodies and trade unions. The Scottish Qualifications Authority has been appointed to manage the initiative.
The PDP scheme sets a benchmark in competency against which all road tanker drivers involved in the loading/offloading and transportation of petroleum fuel products in the UK are measured. Competency is assessed through classroom and practical activities.
The passport is valid for five years and annual refresher courses are mandatory. The PDP scheme applies to drivers loading, transporting and offloading 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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