We are a newly LPG distribution company in Namibia. We just recently purchased a tanker to transport gas for SA to Namibia.
One of the requirements for the tanker to be allowed to enter the refinery in South Africa is that we must produce a fire test certificate for the tanker.
A 12-month “fire permit” permit is required by most Municipalities as well as by many Consignors and Consignees across South Africa. Failure to display or possess a Municipal Dangerous Goods Transport Permit (Fire Permit) on or in your DG vehicle/s is an offence under the Emergency Services By-Laws.
Allowing entry to DG Vehicles on the premises of Consignors and Consignees to load or unload Dangerous Goods shipments without this permit is also an offence for which the company concerned may be fined or be penalised if an incident occurs.
Once a particular permit is obtained from just one Municipality, this usually allows the vehicle concerned to operate in other municipal areas across South Africa under the same permit. In other words, permits issued by one Municipality are 99% recognised and accepted by others. However, there are certain Municipalities that seem to misunderstand the application of these permits and demand that Operators from other parts of South Africa obtain a permit especially from them in order to enter their jurisdiction – specifically eThekwini (Durban).
Prices differ from Municipality to Municipality but EMM costs around R950 per permit per year
All units in a combination must have their own permit (e.g. interlinks = 3, bakkie and trailer = 2)
Permits are only issued (following successfully passing the Fire Department Inspection) to vehicles that (a) are licensed, (b) have undergone a full roadworthy COF, (c) are registered as Operator Category D,G (HMV) or D (LDV)
The SABS National Standard applicable to these inspections is SANS 1157 (purchase from the SABS)
An application must be accompanied by a certified copy of (a) Proxy’s ID, (b) Vehicle Registration Certificate, (c) Valid COF / RWC
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