What skips need to be compliant
Skips have to be issued with a permit or licence before they can be placed on a public highway. But that’s not all they need.
Are you taking the necessary steps to ensure that skips on your streets comply with the law? Read our concise checklist to find out.
1. Permit to be on a public highway
It’s fairly common knowledge that a permit is required to place a skip on any part of a public highway.
However, a recent survey we carried out in one London borough revealed a surprising statistic: only 30% of skips had a valid permit.
What proportion of skips in your borough have a licence?
2. Properly illuminated during the hours of darkness
It’s been a legal requirement for skips to be illuminated at night since 1980. However, in 2013 the law changed.
As a result, councils now have the right to fine companies whose skips aren’t properly lit during the hours of darkness. Our research suggests that a high proportion of skips on London’s streets don’t comply with this regulation.
Are skips on your streets properly lit at night?
3. Positioned correctly with traffic cones
To ensure road safety, there are various provisions about where skips can be placed. For example, they must be at least 15 metres away from a junction, and must not prevent water drainage or obstruct manholes.
What’s more, skips on public highways need to have cones placed on the approach side, so that traffic is able to pass safely.
Are you confident that your streets are as safe as they can be?
4. Clearly labelled with owner or company name and details
It’s also a requirement that skips must be clearly marked with the skip owner or supplier’s details, including their name and telephone number.
These details must be clean and visible at all times.
Are all the skips on your streets clearly displaying these details?
5. Level of waste not above the rim
The contents of a skip must not contain any dangerous materials, and must be kept covered.
It’s also a requirement that skips must not be overloaded, and are removed once they’re full.
Do you know how many skips in your borough comply with this requirement?
Are you struggling to find the resource or the budget to monitor skips effectively?
You’re not alone.
However, now we can help you generate new income while improving road safety by monitoring skips and fining non-compliant companies on your behalf.
We make it easy for you to open up an additional revenue stream, simply taking a percentage of the fine as payment for our service.
Plus we install our high quality skip lights to those skips that aren’t adequately lit, meaning that your streets are safer as a result.
Want to know more about our skip monitoring and fine collection service? Get in touch.