The road loading of high and low flash petroleum products and LPG can be considered as one of the potentially higher risk activities in a typical terminal operating environment.

To ensure that risks are managed to an appropriate level, road tankers entering a terminal to load must satisfy two broad requirements:

  •  Ensure that there is no loss of liquid, vapour or gas containment during loading, the vehicles must be designed and constructed to ensure that they are completely compatible with the loading rack mechanical, electrical and control systems. Complete compatibility with the majority of loading racks in the UK is achieved by constructing the vehicles in accordance with the Energy Institute (EI) Code of Practice “ Petroleum road tanker design and construction”.

  • The mechanical and electrical systems fitted to the vehicles must be adequately maintained to a suitable standard such that they do not present an unacceptable risk during loading. 

The Safe Loading Pass Scheme seeks to meet these requirements across UK loading terminals.  To find out whether the terminals operated by your customers participate in the scheme, please contact them directly.

Vehicles are inspected by approved SLPS Technicians in accordance with standards set by the UK Terminal Operators SLP Management Group. A copy of the SLPS Inspection Manual can be downloaded from the Technicians page under the Inspections tab. Copies of the SLPS Inspection Forms are available to registered users. For more information contact us.  

If the vehicle meets the required inspection standard, it is issued with a Safe Loading Pass (SLP) for a maximum period of six months. Individual terminals have the right to withdraw an SLP at any time, provided that there are justifiable grounds for doing so.

Vehicle operators can present their vehicles for inspection at an approved inspection provider of their choice. Commercial arrangements and associated inspection costs are agreed between the vehicle operator and the inspection provider.

It is important to note that the SLPS standards and approval processes relate only to the requirements needed to carry out and manage Safe Loading Pass inspections. It is not intended to be a quality assurance scheme for workshops or inspection providers, so vehicle operators should carry out their usual due diligence procedures when choosing a supplier of inspection services.

Please note, a small charge is made for each SLP disc issued to inspection providers. The revenue generated from these charges is used to cover the costs incurred by the on-going administration of the scheme.

P: 03330 342322

E: info@safeloadingpass.co.uk