COVID-19 - PD Passport Amendments Announcement

PDP Covid-19 Dispensations - Update as from 3rd September 2021

The Downstream Oil Distribution Forum (DODF) have reviewed the remaining PDP Scheme dispensation again in the light of the current Covid-19 situation across the UK.  Our priorities continue to be allowing Drivers, Employers, Training Providers and Terminals to operate within Government restrictions and guidance and take all necessary precautions, and keeping the economy moving by ensuring drivers can continue to work safely, load at Terminals, and deliver product in a competent manner.

In consultation with SQA, the DODF have agreed the following:

Amendment to PDP Practical Assessment - Review of LO3: Be able to Drive Petroleum Product Road Tankers: this dispensation remains valid until the 15th October (this is in the light of the rising Covid-19 cases in parts of the UK and uncertainty about the future). The requirement to continue with this dispensation will be reviewed by the DODF on the 8th October.

This dispensation states that the mandatory requirement to assess tanker driving (LO3) via in-cab assessment or observation is suspended and instead this assessment can be undertaken via a verbal, structured review of tanker driving between the assessor and driver. The driver’s responses forms part of their overall practical assessment. Guidance has been issued and this remains valid.

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.

This dispensation suspends the mandatory requirement to conduct in-cab assessment for LO3, however, if local restrictions permit, a comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out and the identified measures implemented, and all parties agree, in-cab assessment can be used.

Annual Refresher Training - 2021: this remains as previously communicated and as stated on the PDP website, namely:

In 2021, Drivers have to complete their annual refresher within the calendar year as normal, i.e. by 31st December 2021.

Covid-19 lockdowns/restrictions meant some drivers were unable to complete their 2020 annual refresher. Under normal circumstances, these drivers would have an invalid PDP card at the start of 2021. To allow drivers with a good track record of completing their annual refreshers to load product, the DODF has asked the Terminals to implement the following measure:

·       Until further notice, any driver who has taken and passed their Annual Refresher in 2020 and/or 2019 should be treated as having a valid PDP card and be permitted to load normally

In addition, the facility to provide distance learning will remain available for approved Training Providers to deliver online annual classroom training that does not require an assessment (i.e. 21T and 22T only).

Should you have any questions regarding the updates, please do not hesitate to contact the PDP helpdesk pdpassport@sqa.org.uk

PDP Licence Extension

The DODF is issuing an extension to Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) cards from 1 October 2021. 

 All driver 5 year PDP cards, which expire between 27th September 2021 and 31st December 2021, remain valid until 31st January 2022.  These cards will be renewed for five years if a driver has passed their written and practical assessments before 1st February 2022. 

 In addition, the requirement to complete a PDP Annual Refresher training and practical assessment is suspended until the 1st January 2022.

 To ensure ongoing safety, new Drivers to the sector, who do not hold a 5 year PDP card, will be required to take training and pass the written and practical assessments as usual (i.e. this dispensation does not apply).