Fire Safety

Information of P&FM Transport Licence

Introduction

The Fire Safety Act (FSA) regulates the transportation of petroleum and flammable materials. The petroleum and flammable materials transportation licence is to ensure that the transportation is carried out in a safe manner and that proper fire safety measures / procedures are undertaken by the licensee to ensure safety environment. In general, the FSA requires the transportation vehicle used to be certified, the transportation emergency response plan been approved and the drivers of road vehicles transporting any class of petroleum and flammable materials to hold a valid Hazardous Material Transportation Driver Permit (HTDP) to drive the vehicle.

Any person who wishes to transport petroleum or flammable materials must obtain a licence for each vehicle that is used for such transportation. The transportation of petroleum and flammable materials is to be carried out within approved hours and along approved routes.

Licensable Products

 

Chemicals regulated under the Fire Safety (P&FM) Regulations 2013 are divided into three groups – petroleum, flammable materials and mixtures that contain petroleum and / or flammable materials.

 

  • Petroleum

 

Petroleum refers to hydrocarbons with carbon and hydrogen in its molecular structure.  This includes crude petroleum, liquefied petroleum gas and other naturally occurring hydrocarbons derived from crude petroleum, coal, shale, peat or other bituminous substances. Petroleum products are further divided into the following classes:

  1. Class 0- Liquefied Petroleum Gas;
  2. Class I- flash point less than 23º C (74º F);
  3.  Class II- flash point between 23- 60º C (74 -140º F)
  4.  Class III- flash point between 60- 93º C (140-199º F)

 

Class 0, I & II petroleum are regulated by SCDF. For Class III petroleum, diesel is the only licensable product.

 

  • Flammable Materials

 

Flammable materials are non-petroleum based.  It comes in solid, liquid or gaseous forms.  The regulated flammable materials are based on the gazetted list in the Fire Safety (P&FM) Regulation 2013. There are a total of 366 groups of chemicals in the current list. This list of flammable materials is subjected to review periodically.  Click on the link below to download

Complete List of Licensable Chemicals 2014 (Excel, 48.3 KB)

 

  • Mixtures

 

Any mixture that contain component of petroleum and / or flammable materials and has a flash point[1] less than 60º C (140º F) is regulated by SCDF.

 

In summary, petroleum products are regulated according to its flash point (criteria-based schedule) while the licensable flammable materials are from a list-based schedule.

Exemption for Transport Licence

The transportation of petroleum and flammable materials in the following quantities are exempted from licensing:

  • Petroleum
  1. Less than 130 kg (gross weight) in not more than 2 cylinders;
  2. Less than 20 litres of Class I petroleum; or
  3. Less than 200 litres of Class II and Class III petroleum.
  • Flammable Materials
  1. Less than 130 kg (gross weight) in not more than 2 cylinders of flammable gases;
  2. Less than 20 litres of flammable liquids; or
  3. Less than 10kg of flammable solids.

Requirements on Road Transportation of Hazardous Materials (HazMat)

Transportation Hours

  • Transportation of petroleum and flammable materials in packages or in bulk can only be carried out during 7.00 am – 7.00 pm
  • A dealer of LPG for household delivery may transport Class 0 petroleum in cylinders during 7.00 am - 9.00 pm

License Validity Period

  • Applicant may choose to apply for a licence validity period of either 1 or 2 years.
    (For local registered lorry (Package) transporting P&FM product less than 3 metric tonnes only.)

 

Documents to Be Submitted

  • For Package Transportation (capacity of individual packaging is less than 250 litres water capacity)
  1. A certificate of Inspection in accordance to Regulation 5 of the Fire Safety (Petroleum/Flammable Materials) Regulations 2013;
  2. Roadworthiness certificate issued by Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) or Malaysian Puspakom[2] for vehicle;
  3.  A copy of vehicle registration card; Supplier’s letter of authorization [for transporting LPG only]; 
  4.  A copy of Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Permit (HTDP)
  5. A copy of the acknowledgement letter for the Transport Emergency Response Plan (TERP)
  6.  Astrata Certificate for Annual Inspection (for vehicle transporting for vehicle transporting total net quantity 3 metric tonnes(MT) or more)
  7. Consent letter from vehicle owner (if vehicle does not belong to applicant)
  • For Bulk Transportation (capacity of individual packaging is more than 250 litres water capacity; road tanker)
  1. A certificate of Inspection in accordance to Regulation 5 of the Fire Safety (Petroleum/Flammable Materials) Regulations 2013;
  2. Roadworthiness certificate issued by Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) or Malaysian Puspakom for both prime mover and trailer;
  3. A Copy of Manufacturer’s report[3]  & Tanker drawing* endorsed by PE [ in original / certified true  copy ];
  4. A copy of vehicle registration card;
  5. A copy of Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Permit (HTDP)
  6. A copy of the acknowledgement letter for the Transport Emergency Response Plan (TERP)
  7. A copy of  vehicle photos (including licence plate)
  8. Astrata Certificate for Annual Inspection (for vehicle transporting for vehicle transporting total net quantity 3 metric tonnes(MT) or more / tube trailer)
  9. Hydrostatics test report(once every 5 years) [ in original / certified true  copy ];
  10. Radiographic test report (once every 10 years) [ in original / certified true  copy ];
  11. Test Report for ISO Tank or BLC  from third party’s
  12. TQRA (if required)
  13. Consent letter from vehicle owner (if vehicle does not belong to applicant)   

 

For more details on the requirements for the types of transport, please download P&FM Transport Checklist.

The applicant can apply for P&FM Transportation licence on-line via LicenceOne.

For more information on the application of P&FM Transportation licence, you may refer to the LicenceOne Guide.

Guidelines for Transport Emergency Response Plan (TERP)

  • For SCDF's regulated Petroleum and Flammable Material (P&FM)
    Instructions for Submission of P&FM TERP 2009 ( 33.00 KB )

For Package Transportation
Template for Package TERP

For Bulk Transportation
Transportation Plan Format 2009 (1.59 MB )
Singapore Map Annex A 2009 (302.00 KB )
Summary Table of Products Annex B 2009 (39.00 KB )
Grouping of Tasks Annex D 2009 (43.00 KB )
Table of approved vehicles Annex F 2009 (49.00 KB )

  • For other Government Agencies (eg. NEA, SPF, MOH, etc.) regulated hazardous chemicals
    1. Instructions For Submission of Hazardous Materials TERP 2009  (34.00 KB)
    2. TERP Plan - Hazardous Materials Transportation Plan 2009 (1.59 MB )
    3. Annex A - Hazardous Material Map of Singapore 2009  (302.00 KB )
    4. Annex B - Hazardous Material Summary Table of Chemical 2009  (39.50 KB )
    5. Annex D - Hazardous Materials Grouping and Tasks 2009 (43.00 KB )
    6. Annex F - Hazardous Material Table of Approved Vehicles 2009 (50.00 KB )

Penalty

Anyone engaged in petroleum storage, dispensing or transportation without license may face a maximum fine of $ 10,000 and / or imprisonment of six months.

Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Course

Under the current legislation of the Fire Safety Act (FSA) and the Environmental Pollution Control Act, drivers transporting hazardous materials are required to be competently trained in preventing and mitigating accidental releases. The Accredited Training Institutes (ATIs) offer the Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Course. Interested applicants may contact ATIs to find out more on the 1-day course offered by ATIs.

Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Re-Certification Test

The Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Re-Certification Test is implemented to assess whether the existing HTDP holders are able to retain their knowledge and skills learnt during the Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Course earlier on before they are certified to renew their Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Permit (HTDP). However, if the driver fails the test, he will be required to take the 1-day Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Course to renew his permit.

Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Permit (HTDP) Scheme

The Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Permit Scheme is introduced for drivers who wish to transport hazardous materials on Singapore roads. Drivers must carry a valid permit whenever he/she is driving a vehicle transporting hazardous materials. The permit is valid for 2 years and drivers are required to attend the Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Course or Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Re-Certification Test to renew the permit. As no reminder letters will be sent, all drivers are to renew their permits on time, i.e. one month's period upon the issue of their certificates before their existing permits expire.

Driver's Identity Verification System

The Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Permit (HTDP) comes in the form of a smart card. Each permit will contain individual biometrics (i.e. fingerprints) and relevant information of the drivers. This will be used in conjunction with the Driver's Identity Verification system to verify the identity of the driver at checkpoints or any roadside inspections conducted by the relevant authorities.

Application for Hazardous Materials Transport Driver Course

For more details on the application, please:

Click on the hyperlink for a list of course providers

For more details on the Circular on the HTD Re-Certification Test. (170.50 KB )

Click on the hyperlink to contact for further clarifications on the HTDP Scheme

  • For more information on Transport matters, you may contact the following:

Import & Transport Licencing Officers

  1. Ms. Alice Seto
    Team Leader, FM Import & Transport Licensing Team
    Licensing Branch/ Central Enforcement Department
    HQ Singapore Civil Defence Force

DID: 6848 1485, FAX: 6848 1494
Email: [email protected]

  1. Mr. K. Mahaintharan
    Asst. Team Leader, FM Import & Transport Licensing Team
    Licensing Branch/ Central Enforcement Department
    HQ Singapore Civil Defence Force

DID: 6848 1429 FAX: 6848 1494
Email: [email protected]

  1. Mr. Mohamed Zali Bin Ahmad
    FM Import & Transport Licensing Specialist
    Licensing Branch/ Central Enforcement Department
    HQ Singapore Civil Defence Force

DID: 6848 1465 FAX: 6848 1494
Email: [email protected]

  1. Mr. Muhammad Nasir Hashim
    FM Import & Transport Licensing Specialist
    Licensing Branch/ Central Enforcement Department
    HQ Singapore Civil Defence Force

DID: 6848 1468 FAX: 6848 1494
Email: [email protected]

 

[1] Flash Point - The lowest temperature at which sufficient vapor of the substance is produced which will flash momentarily when a flame is applied. The flashpoint is available in the product’s Safety Data Sheet (SDS).

 

[2] Malaysian Puspakom is the first Malaysian computerized vehicle inspection centre (main Inspection Centre for Malaysian vehicles) whom conducts inspection on vehicles to ensure the road worthiness of the vehicles.

[3] Not required for renewal of transportation licences but compulsory for new application of transportation licences.

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Last updated on 5th May 2017