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Access issues to consider when hiring a skip or RoRo

Throughout Dorset, you’re likely to spot some of our AMS vehicles on your daily commutes; these vehicles will be heading to a range of businesses or homes across the county to deliver their waste management solution… but what happens if our vehicles come across an access issue? And what does this mean for you as the person hiring the solution?

In this article, we wanted to explain some of the access issues we regularly come across so you can prepare before you hire…

Unloading the skip or RoRo

Think you have enough space in your drive for a skip? Before you hire a skip, you need to consider how much space the vehicle will need to manoeuvre in order to get the skip where you want it. If the skip is going onto a driveway, we need approximately 3 metres in width for our vehicle to reverse onto your driveway. We also need sufficient space for the swing to unload the skip.

Can the skip be placed over a wall or fence into a private garden?

A common question we receive from customers is whether the skip can be placed over a fence or wall into a private garden, when the driveway is either obstructed or not large enough for the skip.

The answer is YES! This is as long as we can lift the skip over the wall. However, we will ask you to complete a disclaimer form before we do it.

Turning our vehicles

You also need to consider whether the roads leading up to your property are wide enough for our vehicles. Country roads can sometimes cause issues for our drivers as it doesn’t allow adequate space to turn around nearby, or even get down at all in the first place.


Low hanging cables, overhanging branches and trees, street lamps, fences, and other vehicles parked in the way, are all common obstructions that stop our drivers from dropping off your skip or RoRo. Unfortunately, if they cannot deliver, they will be diverted elsewhere to another delivery and you will have to be in touch with our team to rearrange.

If you are concerned about any obstructions around your property, give us a call before you order and we can advise.

Covering drains and utilities

Our skips and RoRo’s, especially when full to the brim with waste, are extremely heavy and therefore can be detrimental to drains if placed over one. This should be considered when you instruct your driver.

If the waste management solution is likely to stay put for a little while, you also need to consider whether it will be covering access to important utilities, such as maintenance drains, manhole covers, metres and electricity cupboards.

If you want the lorry to drive over, or place a skip on a drain, you will need to sign a disclaimer form. You will also need to cover the drain before the skip is placed over it; a simple piece of wood would work for this.

Accessing gates or shared driveways

If you don’t plan to be home whilst your skip or RoRo is being delivered, ensure that your gates (especially if they are electric) are already open on the day of delivery.

It’s also important to consider where the skip is placed if you have a shared driveway, make sure that it is not going to obstruct your neighbour in any way, and it would be worth informing them beforehand.

Not having the correct permits in place

If the skip isn’t being placed on a driveway, and it’s going on a public highway outside of the property or business, you will need certain permits in place. You can read all about the Dorset council skip permit requirements here.

Remember that it must also not obstruct a public access route, such as a pathway, footpath or pavement and it must remain at least 15 metres from a junction.

You will also need to think about the impact the skip will have on the flow of traffic; if the road is narrow will a skip stop cars from being able to pass?

Ready to hire your skip or RoRo?

Hopefully, this article has given you some insight into the access issues that you want to avoid when hiring a skip. 

If you’ve established that AMS will be able to deliver your skip or RoRo with no issues, then head over to our online shop and buy online today. You can hire the following skips online: 

  • 4 yard
  • 6 yard
  • 8 yard
  • 12 yard

RoRo’s being much larger, and are more commonly used by businesses and contractors.

Our RoRo’s are available in the following sizes:

  • 15 yard
  • 20 yard
  • 35 yard
  • 40 yard

If you are interested in a RoRo, you can hire one by emailing our team at or calling us on 01202 579579.

We would love to see when you skip or RoRo arrive, so why not snap a few pictures and share them with us on Facebook

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