Petroleum Driver Passport

 The Petroleum Driver Passport (PD Passport) is an industry initiative backed by government. PD Passport ensures tanker drivers in the UK are trained and assessed in loading, transporting and offloading petroleum fuel products from road tankers.

The passport is renewed every five years, but also has an annual practical assessment and an annual classroom training requirement.

Petroleum Driver Passport (PD Passport) is an in-work scheme for drivers working in the industry. You do not need to obtain a PD Passport before working for a haulier or distributor. You will require access to a fuel tanker and petroleum product and therefore your employer should include PD Passport training as part of the company induction.

Any driver completing their classroom training with multiple choice exam needs to be certain they will be able to complete their practical assessment within four months.

Please note: drivers holding a PD Passport will still require terminal inductions to gain access.

Gaining a PD PassportSample PD Passport

To qualify for a Petroleum Driver Passport (PD Passport) you must take:

  • classroom training with a multiple choice exam
  • a practical assessment

Both need to be completed every five years.

You have four months to pass both parts.

Maintaining a PD Passport

Once you have a PD Passport, to keep it valid, you must take a practical assessment and classroom refresher training every year.

The annual practical assessment must take place up to four months before your annual anniversary date (this is the same day and month as the expiry date on your PD Passport).

It is your responsibility to maintain a valid PD Passport.
At sett we provide both the classroom element for initial and annual requirements anbd we can also come to your site to carry out the practical assesment

About PD Passport

The Petroleum Driver Passport (PD Passport) is an industry initiative backed by government to ensure all tanker drivers in the UK are trained and assessed to a high standard.

It was created by the Downstream Oil Industry Distribution Forum (DODF), a partnership of employers, industry bodies and trade unions.

The DODF appointed SQA to manage the PD Passport.


  • Drivers are consistently trained to a high standard.
  • Employers have a standard against which to train all drivers.
  • Oil terminals know that PD Passport means drivers are appropriately trained.
  • Training centres have a clear syllabus and strong accreditation and assessment process.
  • Industry enjoys improved reputation, high standards in training and safety, and its own pro-active code of practice.

What does it cover?

The PD Passport applies to drivers who load, transport and off-load the following products:

  • UN 1202 - Gas oil / diesel fuel / heating oil, light
  • UN 1203 - Gasoline / petrol / motor spirit
  • UN 1223 - Kerosene
  • UN 1863 - Fuel / aviation / turbine engines

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