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Builders Skips

Introduction
Sections 139 and 140 of the Highways Act 1980 relate to the control of builders' skips placed on public highways. 'Builders' skip' means a container designed to be carried on a vehicle and placed on a highway or other land for the storage of builders' materials, or for the removal of builders' rubble, household and other rubbish.

On 21st January 1985, the Builders' Skips (Markings) Regulations 1984 came into effect placing ownership not only on the company owning and operating the skip, but equally upon the hirer of the skip for the duration it is within their care.

Permissions
Prior to a builders' skip being placed upon a public highway, permission must be obtained from the highway authority. Although a form of permission (permit) may be given, it is unconditionall and subject to conditions specified in the permit, which may relate to:

The placing of a skip on the public highway without permission; or failing to adhere to the conditions under the regulations, is an offence carrying a fine of up to 5,000. Under the Act, where a builders' skip is placed on the highway in accordance with permission granted by the local authority, the owner is responsible for ensuring that:

The highway authority or a police constable in uniform can require the owner of a skip to remove or reposition it or cause this to be done. Failure to comply is an offence carrying a fine of up to 5,000. If the highway authority or a constable has a skip removed or repositioned, the expenses incurred can be claimed from the owner. In certain circumstances, a skip and contents can be disposed of if not claimed.

Builders Skip Markings and Visibility
The Builders' Skips (Markings) Regulations 1984 (SI 1933/84) require that all builders' skips left on the highway in England and Wales are fitted with red and yellow markings on each end which are both fluorescent and reflective. The markings must:

General Conditions

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