.17 Requirements of Drivers of Truck Tanks and Transports.

A. A driver operating a truck tank or transport shall comply with the following requirements:

(1) A driver shall operate a truck tank or transport in accordance with NFPA Standard 385 "Tank Vehicles for Flammable and Combustible Liquids" 2000, which is incorporated by reference;

(2) A driver shall be 21 years old or older as required by Transportation Article, §25-111, Annotated Code of Maryland.

B. A driver shall remain within 10 feet and in full and immediate control of the nozzle, shut-off valves, pumps, and emergency operating mechanism for the discharge control valve at all times when loading or unloading oil, and shall stand in a position so as to have the loading or delivery receptacle in full view. If the driver leaves the equipment unattended for any reason, all nozzles, shut-off valves, pumps, and discharge control valves of the dispensing vehicles, as well as those of the receiving facility, shall be turned off or returned to the closed position.

C. A driver shall remain alert while the transfer is in progress and shall report immediately to his or her employer or supervisor any unusual condition involving the transfer operation, such as spills, any obvious discrepancies between the quantities delivered and received, or the existence of any equipment defects or unsafe delivery conditions.

D. A driver shall use proper hoses and fittings in the delivery of the oil.

E. Before beginning any transfer, the driver shall:

(1) Ensure that all hose connections are tight; and

(2) Ensure that the tank will hold the amount of product being delivered by:

(a) Gauging the tank;

(b) Using a functional vent whistle;

(c) Inquiring of the capacity and contents from the tank owner or operator;

(d) Using an approved overfill alarm; or

(e) Using a method approved by the Department.