To be suitably ADR qualified, a petrol tanker driver would need to have obtained the Core, Tank, and Class 3 (flammable liquids) elements of the ADR qualification.
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Surrey, U.K. (PRWEB) April 11, 2013
Written by commercial drivers for commercial drivers, HGV LGV Training, a comprehensive online resource on heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and large goods vehicle (LGV) training courses, has been delivering up-to-the-minute and accurate information on HGV, ADR, and Driver CPC training for several years now. But it has never supplied information on petrol tanker driver qualifications — until now.
HGV LGV Training reports, “Our website is currently receiving more than 200 extra visitors a day from people enquiring about what it takes to become (and train as) an HGV tanker driver.” As a result of the heavy demand, the extensive website on HGV training courses has released a detailed post on what it takes to become a qualified and skilled petrol tanker driver.
“Transporting 40,000 litres of highly flammable liquid in a 16-metre long truck on the public highway is no easy task,” representatives from HGV LGV Training remark. The online resource for HGV and LGV training adds that fuel tanker drivers need to be highly trained and qualified. All drivers intending to work as fuel tankers must complete a number of vocational qualifications and industry cards, which are mandatory. The website lists the following qualifications and cards as necessary requirements: HGV licence, ADR licence training, digital tachograph card, Driver CPC training, and job-specific training.
Under the HGV licence, the HGV LGV Training website explains, “Tanker drivers who transport fuel to forecourts typically do this in articulated vehicles. Also known as Class 1, CE, the unit (vehicle cab) and trailer (tanker) can be coupled and uncoupled. CE licence holders would first need to gain the category C license entitlement. Category C represents rigid type vehicles, also known as class 2. Category C represents rigid goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and not exceeding 32 tonnes.”
While it sounds like the HGV licence might suffice, HGV LGV Training points out that the training will be conducted in a box-articulated or drawbar-type vehicle, and not a tanker-specific one.
Meanwhile, ADR training courses will cover emergency situations, security issues, basic first aid, fire precaution, hazard class identification, modes of carriage (tanker and packages), and other related hazardous situations. The vocational qualification is mandatory for drivers transporting dangerous goods, which are classified into nine different categories.
HGV LGV Training says, “To be suitably ADR qualified, a petrol tanker driver would need to have obtained the Core, Tank, and Class 3 (flammable liquids) elements of the ADR qualification.”
In an effort to ensure that the qualifications of petrol tanker drivers are updated and maintained, the Driver CPC training has been added to the list of requirements.
HGV LGV Training remarks about the recent qualification: “For existing HGV licence holders, Driver CPC training means completing 35 hours every five years. For new entrants, Driver CPC means two initial tests and then 35 hours every five years. For most HGV tanker drivers, September 10, 2014 will be the date they should have completed their first 35 hours. After September 10, 2014, it will be an offence to drive professionally without a valid Driver CPC card.”
The online resource has actually seen their website traffic increase soon after the much-talked about petrol tanker drivers’ strike loomed when a dispute over setting common standards for safety, training, and minimum wage levels occurred between Unite, Britain’s largest trade union, and fuel distributors. Army tanker drivers were being trained to stave off potential shortage at the time. An agreement was eventually settled and the strike averted.
According to HGV LGV Training, while estimates for fuel tanker drivers’ annual wages round out to £45,000, more drivers are likely to earn £30,000 to £43,000. The online resource reveals, “The remuneration can be good, but it’s a challenging and demanding occupation.”
HGV LGV Training provides interested individuals with a complete database on DSA-approved HGV training, Driver CPC training, Operator CPC training, PCV training, ADR training, Fork Lift Truck training, and Lorry Loader training companies. The online resource also delivers advice and assistance to new and experienced HGV and PCV drivers, and commercial transport training companies. Produced and compiled by industry experts, HGV LGV Training’s rich database is updated and accurate.
For more details on petrol tanker driver qualifications and the latest developments in the HGV and LGV industry, visit the HGV LGV Training website today.