Permits For Road Placement
All councils around the country have their own set of rules, regulations and procedures relating to placing skips on roads, or public highways as they like to call them.
Here in Doncaster, individuals cannot apply for permits, as the council requires all skip hire firms to be registered and approved on their register. This is a method of ensuring that all skips in the city are properly approved prior to placement, and also means that householders cannot inadvertently place one outside their home or business premises without approval.
The technical side of the law is covered by Section 139 of the Highways Act of 1980 and is enforced locally. While the council would behave sympathetically towards individuals, the fact that the skip will have been provided by a business that should be aware of the regulations mean that it is seen more seriously. For this reason, there’s no point in trying to talk a Doncaster firm into turning a blind eye to a permit because you’re asking them to risk prosecution.
A the time of writing, Doncaster council’s skip permits cost £15.00 and cover a fixed period of time. It is possible to extend the permit, but an additional application will need to be made, and a second (or subsequent) fee paid for that application. Again, this process is completed through the skip hire company, not directly to the council by the individual. In the event that a skip is placed without the correct permit, or is left on the public highway beyond the expiry date of the permit, the council charge an additional fee of £50 as a deterrent to breaking the permit scheme terms.
Additional requirements include the area around the skip being left in an appropriate state after the skip is removed – in other words any remaining debris should be cleared by the home or business -owner or skip hire company. It is normally the responsibility of the person hiring the skip to ensure the area remains clean and tidy.
Safety is an important consideration when skips are placed on public roads. If a vehicle were to collide with one, there is a high risk of damage or injury. For this reason, there are strict rules on where they can be positioned. For example they must not be too close to junctions, and must not obstruct others access in going about their daily business. In addition, they must also be clearly marked, complete with reflective markings and amber lights to alert drivers of vehicles to their presence in the dark.
Upon delivery, your driver should be aware of the requirements for placing the skip, but if you have any concerns, refer to the council’s guidance and report any problems to the skip hire company immediately.