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Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) Scheme - Revised Amendments due to Covid-19


Valid from 9 November 2020 

The Downstream Oil Distribution Forum (DODF) have reviewed the PDP Scheme dispensations in the light of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, and the training and assessment challenges the industry faces.

In consultation with SQA, the DODF have agreed to implement the following amendments to the PDP Scheme and its administration:


All driver PDP cards, which expire between 1st March 2020 and 1st March 2021, remain valid until 31st March 2021. These cards will be renewed for five years if a driver has passed their written and practical assessments before 1st April 2021.

Renewed PDP card period of validity / expiry date:

  • If a driver completes and passes their 25W and 25P before their original expiry date, their new PDP card shall begin from their original expiry date. For example, expiry date in January, training and assessment completed in December, renewed PDP card's period of validity will begin from the January date.
  • If a driver completes and passes their 25W and 25P after their original expiry date, then their new PDP card period of validity shall begin from their new date of completion. For example, expiry date in November, training and assessment completed in January, renewed PDP card's period of validity will begin from January date.



DODF are aware that Training Providers may not be able to undertake any classroom training or practical assessment for the foreseeable future. Therefore, we are assuming no or extremely limited numbers of annual refreshers will take place until full training and assessment recommences.

To provide flexibility in 2020, we are relaxing the rule that annual refresher practical assessment (21P) must be taken no more than four months prior to a driver's annual anniversary date. This is to allow drivers to complete their annual classroom and practical assessment at any point in this calendar year, up to 31st December 2020. As we cannot change the rule within the PDP system database without incurring major cost and time, we are facilitating this via the pricing structure.

If a driver can complete their annual practical assessment within four months prior to their annual anniversary date, they can register for 21P as normal.

If a driver is past their anniversary date for their annual practical assessment, they can register for revalidation, 22P, AT THE SAME PRICE AS 21P.

Annual classroom training (21T) is unchanged and must take place within the same calendar year as the annual practical assessment, in order to maintain the validity of the PDP card.


ANNUAL REFRESHER TRAINING - not completed in 2020 /2021

The DODF is urgently working on a solution for those drivers unable to complete their annual refresher for 2020 and annual refresher training in 2021.

We will issue separate guidance on this matter as soon as possible. 


A PDF of the guidance is available here: Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) Scheme: Revised Amendments due to Covid-19 

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