- Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:14 pm
Interesting summary of the tanker driver's situation (surprisingly from Conservative home)
you see the rules are we can DRIVE for 9 hours this does not include OTHER WORK.
Each delivery we have it'll take me 20mins to load the different product ammounts onto the 6 pots our tanks have. Once at destination they give 45 mins to get on forecourt do paperwork, We can have up to 4 seperate deliveries a day, remembering you have to come back to fill up each time
( fuel deliveries require a legal document to be filled out by site, and the tanker driver as i sign each product and ammount into tanks ) then deliver product generally carrying up to 40,000 litres We can only discharge 2 pots at a time due to Vapour release from Diesel tanks, and vapour recovery from petrol tanks.
The fuel is gravity fed into underground tanks at up to a 1000 litres a min .Obviously we Must make sure right product goes in right tank, not only that each pot will have different ammounts of product so Ullages have to be correct, fuel has to fit into space in tank, if read incorrect an overfill can occur, where product will eventually be spilled. Spilling just 5 litres will result in site closure and fire brigade being called.
End of delivery tanker must be checked and empty, as when going back to reload. if I have left product in a pot, lets say THE POT hold 6000 and i've not drained it properly and i've missed 100litres of Diesel in it. My next delivery that pot needs to have 5000 of petrol. So I programme the accuload system product required and ammount and begin to load. Unaware i'm contaminating 5000 litres of product.. which could then be delivered into a stations tank some holding up to 75,000 litres. = crossover INSTANT DISMISSAL and which could lead to prosecution, the same way a normal Crossover would... just like the public do everyday, if i'm distracted or RUSHED I could connect the Diesel to the Unleaded tank = Major Crossover the only thing then that could help me then would only be if I spotted it quickly and shut the garage down. This has led to Fatalities where customers have filled up with contaminated product, drove onto motorway and the car cut out. The Tanker Driver Technician was done for Manslaughter.
Our shift pattern is a rotating Day / Night shift we work 12 hour days 10.45m nights. Starting 5am Days and 5pm on nights. We get the min legal requirement for rest between change form day to night. For example last week I worked Mon Tue Wed on days Thursday off then back in Fr Sat Sun Mon night..
Finishing Tues morning for about 4am Then back in on days Thurs Fri Sat Sun.
It truly is relentless but you find any of us complaining about them money, when we came to this job we didn't do 12 hours but the basic like most people.. and that basic would get me 34k a year Oh how a lot of us would want to go back to that truly.
We now do these times not by choice but my forced overtime, all because they got rid of drivers and tankers making us work longer to cover. I don't want to work 60 - 70 hours a week.
The other main issue for me and in the simplest terms are job times. If a job done legally and safely is given 4 hours lets say Sandbach service from Birmingham. How can that time be changed to 3 and half hours? where do I make that time up?
Now the companies will say Officially if the driver hasn't got time he drop that delivery... what they don't want to tell you is that would mean you go down to Basic hours 9 ( remember they routed for 12 ) so in your head you've just lost 3 hours pay and on top of that they will fine us 15 pound for dropping it. SO what does it encourage drivers to do... break the law. To which caught it's the drivers fault not theirs.
And as for pensions, I'm affraid I haven't got one, the final salary ones went 4 years ago, and the new ones aren't worth investing in, because when the contract comes up to tender you cannot be sure the employer your with will win it. If they don't we don't lose our jobs, the new company take over us lock stock and barrell, but wont honour old pension.
Sorry for little rant and the length of post I got carried away Oh ps rates of pay it is a Flat Rate £15 ph that includes Bank Holidays Nights etc,
Holidays now you'll love this 31 a year BUT we can only book 5 working days off, they make us put Holidays days in on rest days which again pimps up the money. We Don't Want This
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