Last reviewed 11 March 2014

The UK Petroleum Industry Association (PIA), with scheme management from the Tank Storage Association, has signed an agreement with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to launch a revised Safe Loading Pass Scheme (SLPS).

First established in the 1980s, the SLPS provides a means to control the risks associated with loading road tankers at fuel distribution terminals.

It has been an integral part of a petroleum terminal’s safety management system and the revision aims to cater for changes within the fuel distribution industry by ensuring that road tankers have been inspected for compliance and meet specified safety standards for admittance to fuel loading terminals participating in the Scheme.

FTA Director of Standards, Audit and Accreditation, Sally Thornley, said: "FTA is looking forward to helping to deliver a scheme that plays such an important part in maintaining safety standards. A new website and database, together with revised standards and assessments for Inspection Locations, will ensure the Scheme continues to grow and develop."

Since the original scheme was established, the industry has significantly changed, with the majority of oil companies now contracting out their fuel distribution to specialist hauliers and several specialist tank storage companies now also operating fuel distribution terminals.

The SLPS builds on the previous scheme and is being extended to cover all participating UK fuel distribution terminals.