Training Requirements for Bulk Fuel Delivery Drivers
Are you considering a career as a driver in a bulk fuel fleet in New York, the eastern United States and Canada? Trucks are complex pieces of machinery – operating them is a complicated job and ARG team members aspire to high standards. Fulfilling certifications, comprehensive training, and government requirements mean a minimum of 5 – 8 weeks of hands-on training experience. It’s a serious investment of time and money, but it guarantees the safety and success of every driver in the ARG fleet.
Here are some details about ARG driver requirements:
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements: Comprehensive and detailed, DOT training includes proper handling of hazardous materials and items (HAZMAT) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) certification, a background check, and classroom training requirements.
Canadian Fuels Association (CFA) (formerly Canadian Petroleum Products Institute) requirements: ARG drivers typically operate across the U.S. and Canadian borders. The CFA program sets standards for the safe handling and transportation of petroleum products in Canada. Drivers’ access to terminal loading facilities is restricted to those who have completed the requirements of the Driver Certification Program.
TWIC Card Legislated by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, the Transportation Worker Identification Credential card (TWIC) is a tamper-resistant credential containing the worker’s biometric (fingerprint template) allowing for a positive link between the card and the individual. TWIC is a common identification credential for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas of MTSA-regulated facilities and vessels. For more information visit http://www.tsa.gov/twic.
FAST Card: The Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program is a commercial clearance program designed to ensure safety and security while expediting legitimate trade across the Canada–U.S. border. When a FAST-approved driver arrives at the border, he or she presents three bar-coded documents to the border services officer (one for each of the participating parties: the driver, the carrier and the importer). The officer can quickly scan the bar codes while all trade data declarations and verifications are done at a later time, away from the border.
FAST is a clearance process for low-risk shipments. Any truck using FAST lanes must be a U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)-approved carrier and transporting qualifying goods for a C-TPAT-approved importer. The driver must have a valid FAST card.
Customs Rules and Regulations: Canadian and U.S. Customs processes must be followed exactly by every ARG driver in order to minimize service gaps or disruptions. These requirements may change from time to time depending on updates to legislation.
ARG drivers never stop learning. Maintaining licenses and safety credentials means undergoing rigorous training related to everything from navigating difficult driving conditions to handling cargo that may include hazardous materials. Drivers regularly complete new training and testing to stay sharp since they work in compliance with multiple laws and regulations on a daily basis.