New Safe Loading Pass Scheme

UKPIA has announced today the launch of its new Safe Loading Pass Scheme, a safety scheme for road fuel tankers.

First established in the UK in 1989, the scheme has been revised by a cross-industry team, comprising representatives of the UK Petroleum Industry Association, the Tank Storage Association and the Freight Transport Association.

The new scheme ensures that common standards are in place for workshops and technicians carrying out inspections on road fuel tankers prior to terminals’ entry. In addition, it provides a new web-based portal for the registration of inspections and a mechanism for terminals to query vehicles’ passes electronically.

The scheme is a requisite for entry into all fuel terminals operated by members of the UK Petroleum Industry Association and the Tank Storage Association. The Freight Transport Association manages the scheme on behalf of UKPIA.

Peter Davidson, Director Safety, Commercial & Projects, said: “The redevelopment of the scheme is a credit to all involved. The SLPS now well reflects the changes in our industry and it is more widely adopted by downstream oil distribution terminals. It also sets higher standards, thus providing confidence to terminal operators that road tankers entering their terminals to load fuel are safe to do so”.


Enquiries to: UKPIA Press Office, Tel. 020 7269 7600

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Safe Loading Pass Scheme is owned by the UK Petroleum Industry Association. The UK Petroleum Industry Association and the Tank Storage Association oversee the scheme, which is managed by the Freight Transport Association. More information about the scheme can be found here:

  2. The UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) represents eight oil refining and marketing companies that operate the six major oil refineries in the UK and source over 85% of the transport fuels used. UKPIA members also own around 1,400 of the 8,591 filling stations in the UK.

  3. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is one of the UK’s largest trade associations and represents the transport interests of companies moving goods by road, rail, sea and air.

  4. The Tank Storage Association (TSA) is an industry based organisation whose members are dedicated to the professional provision of third party bulk liquid storage in the UK.

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