Barton Petroleum is always looking to improve the service we provide to our customers. We realise the importance of investing in our fleet and especially the drivers who deliver home heating oil to all our customers. The Petroleum Driver Passport is an excellent example of the petroleum industry taking responsibility for setting and monitoring standards in tanker drivers and we are proud to be a part of this scheme.
What was the background to the Petroleum Driver Passport initiative?
In 2011, the ACAS agreement between Unite and the major hauliers agreed that they would put together an industry body, the DODF, to act as a forum for health and safety issues within the industry. The PDP was born from the industry group that was put together, with all parties agreeing that the petroleum tanker driver sector needed a consistent level of training to a high standard across the whole industry. The DODF created the training standard that underpins the PDP and ensures no duplication with existing ADR training. Whilst there is a lot of good training practice in the industry already, there is no mechanism to ensure that the training standard is specified and adhered to, and this is what the PDP does.
What are the key benefits of PDP?
The PDP sets a benchmark training standard to which everyone in the industry will train. As it has a practical as well as a classroom element, and a 5-year renewal cycle with an annual refresher element, it works well with existing industry training. It has been designed for the industry by the industry. It gives terminal operators, in exercising their duty of care, confidence that they are allowing rack access only to drivers who are fully trained. Drivers can have a confidence that they are fully trained to do what is an important and complex job and hauliers and distributors can point to an externally verified standard to which they are training their drivers. As far as government is concerned, this is an excellent example of what ministers refer to as a “better regulation” where industry itself takes responsibility for setting and monitoring standards. It will give the whole petroleum tanker driver sector a confidence that training is taking place to an externally verified standard and the PDP will help maintain standards across all operators into the future.