Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) - Update for Terminal Enforcement and LO3 special circumstance

Valid from 24th Jan 2022 – updated 2nd Feb 2022

This is an update on the operation of the PDP Scheme from the Downstream Oil Distribution Forum (DODF).

1. PDP CARD EXPIRY - Temporary PDP Card dispensation expires 31.1.22

This dispensation issued in September 2021, which allowed all PDP cards due to expire between 27th September 2021 and 31st December 2021 to remain valid until 31st January 2022, expires at the end of JanuaryFrom the 1st February 2022, all drivers are required to hold a valid 5 year PDP card.


To maintain the validity of their PDP card, all drivers are expected to complete PDP Annual Refresher classroom training and a practical assessment every calendar year.  Drivers now have the whole of 2022 to complete their Annual Refresher for this year.

We are aware that due to Covid restrictions and driver issues in Sept/Oct and the subsequent dispensations the DODF put in place, there are some drivers who have been unable to complete their 2021 Annual Refresher.  Therefore, to allow drivers with a good track record of completing their annual refreshers access to load product, we ask the Terminals to implement the following measure.

Until further notice, any driver who has taken and passed their Annual Refresher or 5 year PDP card renewal in 2021 and/or 2020 should be treated as having a valid PDP card and be permitted to load normally.


The DODF would be very grateful if the Terminals continue with PDP card validity checks, taking account of the above.

If a Terminal has direct access to the PDP System to check a driver’s validity, please use this method.

Otherwise, enforcement officers (Terminals) wishing to check a driver’s entitlement, may contact the SQA Administration Team via email or telephone on 0345 270 0123 to check the PDP System.



URGENT - Withdrawal of the PDP Practical Assessment LO3 Dispensation


Withdrawal of the ‘PDP Practical Assessment - Review of LO3: Be able to Drive Petroleum Product Road Tankers’ Dispensation:

This dispensation ceases to be valid from 4th April 2022.

The requirement to assess tanker driving (LO3) via an in-cab assessment as part of the PDP Practical Assessment (25P, 21P and 22P) is reinstated from this date.  A comprehensive risk assessment must still be carried out and the measures identified implemented, e.g., facemasks, ventilation, sanitisation of cab (this is not an exhaustive list and other measures may be required).

If, following the risk assessment and implementation of the measures identified, individuals still feel that entering a cab with another person is a direct risk to their personal health then the dispensation can apply until Monday 25th April.

Special Circumstance:

In the following special circumstance ONLY, the mandatory requirement to use in-cab assessment can still be replaced by a verbal, structured review of tanker driving between the assessor and driver:

Where the structured review is still used, it must be carried out using the Guidance provided and the driver’s responses forms part of their overall practical assessment.  The other elements of the Practical Assessment - prepare to load, loading and unloading (LO1, LO2 and LO4) must be assessed as normal, in accordance with the PDP Syllabus and Manual of Practice.

The fact that in-cab assessment was not used and the reason why must be recorded on the High Level Sign off Sheet and signed by the driver and assessor.