GUIDELINES ON THE USE OF SKIPS FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING ACTIVITIES ON PUBLIC STREETS

CONTENTS Page Definitions Introduction Skips not allowed on Public Streets at any time Objective of guidelines Conditions for Skips on Public Streets Roadside car park lots Responsibility of the Owner and User Applicable Regulations Annex A - Problems of Skips on Public Streets Annex B – Markings of Skip 2 2 3 3 3-4 4 4-5 5-6 7-9 10-13

means a container. they are placed along public streets as temporary storage space. Skips are commonly used in building construction activities to store and transport construction debris. which cannot be moved by itself but requires mechanical means or vehicle to lift or move it. They should be placed within the work site. However. means any person or company who owns skip(s). The problems of skips on Public Street are explained in Annex A. "User". skips are allowed only for loading and unloading purposes. 2 . means any person or company who uses a skip for the collection and removal of debris or waste and/or for the storage of any articles or things. obstructions and inconvenience to road users. Arising from this. the Authority do not allow skips on Public Streets. means any street or road which has been vested to the Government under the Street Works Act 1995. the following definitions apply unless the context otherwise requires: "Authority". "Public Streets".2 DEFINITIONS 1. Skips shall be placed within the construction site(s). "Skip". means the Land Transport Authority of Singapore established under the Land Transport Authority of Singapore Act 1995. where space is a constraint and recognising the needs for such skips to transport construction debris. This practice has caused safety hazards. 3. generally used for the collection of debris or waste. "Owner". INTRODUCTION 2. However. 4. for the convenience of the work. For the purpose of this guideline.

Holland Road. centre white lines. 10. These workmen must wear proper safety vest* and have other necessary equipment to perform this job. * The specification for the workmen safety vest shall comply with Part 1 Section 3 Item 61 of the Code of Practice for Traffic Control at Work Zone. Shenton Way. 11. obstructions and inconvenience to road users. workmen should be deployed to guide road users. These workmen must wear proper safety vest* and have other necessary equipment to perform this job. skips should not be left unattended when placed at "No Parking" zones. 7. Where there are no parking restrictions. Users or Owners are advised to plan their removal of construction debris to minimise the duration of skips on the Public Streets.5 metres. eg. Skips shall not be placed along expressways and major roads. then workmen should be deployed to guide road users. The prime mover ferrying the skip to site shall continue to remain at the site. for example. Orchard Road. Commonwealth Avenue West. The guidelines provide the necessary requirements for the proper placement of skips along public streets during the loading/ unloading process. 12. cause safety hazards. Should the skips be causing traffic congestion at any point of time during the loading/ unloading process. 3 . road bends.3 SKIPS NOT ALLOWED ON PUBLIC STREETS AT ANY TIME 5. If the remaining width is less than 3. etc Skips shall not be placed on sidewalks/footways of public streets. Skips shall not be placed near road traffic junctions. etc. It shall be removed immediately. the remaining width of a carriageway where the skip is placed should not be less than 3. 6. Changi Coast Road. This is to facilitate the removal of the skip in time of emergency. Where there are parking restrictions. OBJECTIVE OF THE GUIDELINES 8.5 metres. where it limits the views of road users. double yellow lines. GUIDELINES FOR SKIPS ON PUBLIC STREETS 9. Yishun Avenue 2. etc.

20. The door/opening of the skip shall not face the on-coming traffic. 18. The markings on the skips shall be accordance with the requirements stipulated in Annex B. The owner of user shall place the skips in the roadside car park lots. Skips may be allowed in the vicinity of places of worship and interests. Compliance with this guideline does not of itself confer immunity from legal obligations.1 The owner of the skip shall ensure: a) that the skip is painted with light or bright colours and marked with the correct type of retroreflective sheetings (see Annex B . The owner and user of skips shall be responsible for the proper placement of skip along the public streets. it must be closed when not in use. Skips shall be placed on Public Streets only during off peak hours.30 am to 11. if available.30 am to 4. RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OWNER AND USER 20. that the paintwork of the skip and retroreflective sheetings on the skip are continuously maintained. SKIP PLACED ON ROADSIDE CAR PARK LOTS 19.Markings of Skip).30 pm to 4.30 am (b) 2. Weekdays: Saturdays: 9. provided its "peak" and "off peak" periods are established. Skips shall be placed outside the “Before” and “After” school hours. 17. entertainment outlets. 15.30 am 14.30 pm 9. subject to the approval of either the URA or HDB.4 13.30 am to 11.30 pm Skips shall be removed immediately if it causes traffic congestion when placed on the public street notwithstanding the off-peak hours. This is however. viz. markets. etc. b) 4 . 16. (a) 9.

If an un-named skip is removed. APPLICABLE REGULATIONS 21. ensure that the skip owner's name and contact number(s) are on the front and back of the skip. does not damage the public street and any road related facilities. and does not cause danger or inconvenience to road users.1 Regulation 23 (1)(c) of the Street Works (Works on Public Street) Regulation requires the owner to maintain the skip in a proper working condition.2 The user of the skip shall: a) b) c) d) e) f) comply with the guidelines below when placing the skip on the public street. There are Street Works Act and two Regulations applicable to owner and user whenever a skip is placed on the public street. 5 . protect the public street from damage and be responsible for any damages caused by the placement of the skip on it. the owner has to furnish proof of ownership to the satisfaction of the LTA to secure its release (see Item 23 on Applicable Regulations). be responsible for any claims arising from the placement of skips on public streets. namely. 21.5 c) that his company's name and contact numbers are on the front and back or sides of the skip. (i) (ii) (iii) Section 32A of Street Works Act Street Works (Works on Public Streets) Regulation Street Works (Composition of Offence) Regulation These Regulations regulate the safe placement of skip on public streets with minimum obstruction and inconvenience to road users. assess the width of the public street and the volume of traffic before placing a skip of a suitable size on it. 20. ensure that the skip has been painted with light or bright colours and marked with proper reflective sheetings.

4 21.00 as penalty for flouting Regulation 23.3 21.00 (for Repeated Offender*). the LTA may take appropriate measures to ensure the requirements are met and recover any costs incurred by it from the owner. 6 . the owner has to furnish proof of ownership to the satisfaction of the LTA to secure its release. Street Works Act Section 32A does not allow any person to deposit or cause or allow any skip to be deposited or to remain in or on any public street so as to create any obstruction or inconvenience to road users. Under Regulation of the Street Works (Composition of Offences) Regulation. If an un-named skip is removed. If Section 32A is flouted.6 21. the LTA will take enforcement actions against owners or users by imposing a composition fine of S$400.00 (for 1st time Offender) or S$500. recover any cost incurred in the removal and issue the Notice of Offence to the owner or user. * Repeated Offender is a person who has committed the same offence within a 3 year period from the date of the first offence.5 The LTA may also remove the skip that causes obstructions or inconvenience to the passage of the public.2 If Regulation 23 (1)(c) is flouted. The LTA may also impose a composition fine of S$500. 21.

centre white line. Placing skips at these locations creates a "blind corner" to road users. some for days and some for as long as the duration of the construction/renovation. eg. traffic junctions and beside parking restriction lines.endanger road users SKIPS PLACED ON ROAD BEND AND TRAFFIC JUNCTION Skips are sometimes found at road bends.obstruct pedestrians Skip on public street ."Blind Corner" effect 7 . thus. increasing their risks to accidents. These practices have caused safety hazards. Skip on sidewalk . Skip at road bend .7 ANNEX A PROBLEMS OF SKIPS ON PUBLIC STREETS SKIPS PLACED ON WALKWAY AND PUBLIC STREET Skips are used as temporary storage space and have been frequently spotted on the public streets."Blind Corner" effect Skip at traffic junction . This reduces the visibility of road users. obstructions and inconvenience to road users. etc. double yellow lines.

Hence. These skips reduced the views of road users considerably on traffic in the opposite direction. Skip on narrow public street 8 . Furthermore. In both situations.8 Some of these skips are also un-marked or marked with incorrect type of retroreflective sheetings. These skips are inconspicuous to road users under adverse weather conditions or when placed under the shade of trees. the road users are at risk. they block the view of the neighbour driving out of his house. these skips increase the risk of accidents to road users. skips can also be found along narrow public streets of some private housing estates.increase risk of accident SKIPS PLACED ON NARROW PUBLIC STREET In some instance. Skip with faded paintwork . The situation is worsened if the paintwork of the skip is badly faded.increase risk of accident Incorrect retroreflective sheeting .

9 There are also times when the skips do not bear the company name and contact number(s). In an emergency. the Police. traffic congestion. the NEA (National Environment Agency) or anyone would not be able to contact the owner for immediate removal. the FSSB (Fire Safety and Shelter Bureau). etc. eg. accident.. fire. Skip without owner's name and contact number Skip without owner's name and contact number 9 . the LTA.

Width = 450mm (shall be pasted on both left and right of the top horizontal border facing the approaching traffic).1 Red and white retroreflective sheeting of 150mm width shall be pasted on the front.10 ANNEX B MARKING OF SKIPS USING RETROREFLECTIVE SHEETING 1.1.3 Both sides of skips shall also be pasted with retroreflective sheeting (width = 150mm).1 Length = 900mm (shall be pasted on both left and right of the vertical border facing the approaching traffic).1. back and sides of the skips. The length of the retroreflective sheeting shall be 900mm running along the top border of the skip.2 On the sides: 1. 10 .1. Skips shall meet the following requirements: 1. 1. On front and back: 1.

11 75mm to 150mm 75mm to 150mm 450mm 150 mm width 900mm 150mm width 900mm 900mm 150mm width 150mm Retroreflective sheeting consisting of prismatic lens formed and sealed in transparent synthetic resin or commonly known as Diamond Grade or any approved equivalent. 45 degrees Enlarged view of Retroreflective Sheeting 11 .

Front View Of Skip Marked With Retroreflective Sheeting Opposite End Of Skip Marked With Retroreflective Sheeting .The examples of the shading/hatching of the retroreflective sheeting is as shown in these pictures.

13 Side View Of Skip With Retroreflective Sheeting Contact Information Of Owner Of Skip 13 .

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