Safety Permit Insight

In the last article, we took you through what a safety permit is, how classes are assigned and who should apply for a safety permit. In this insert, we look at how operators are assisted and frequently used railway terms.

New operators are assisted as below:

  • Identified rail operators are educated on the need to apply for safety permits.
  • Contact details of prospective applicants are obtained.
  • Identified rail operators are provided with the Determination of the (SMS) Safety Management System Report (SMSR) Safety Management System and SMSR, Safety Permit Regulations as well as the Safety Permit Application Guide; and
  • Facilitation of submission reviews for project notifications and design submissions by Technical Services.


  • Siding: –A short track at the side of and opening onto a railway line, used for moving trains over short distances from point A to point B or staging (parking) and loading trains.
  • Active siding: A siding that is used regularly, be it daily, weekly, monthly or even seasonally during any given year.
  • Dormant siding: A siding which is not normally in use, but which is maintained in an operational condition and may be re-activated by notifying the RSR.
  • Spiked siding: A siding which is not in use and which is not maintained in an operational condition.

Note: Active and dormant sidings are reflected at the back of the operator’s safety permit whereas spiked sidings are not.

By Louisa Moloisane

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