Syngenta UK
Farminguk
29 September 2016 | Online since 2003
OvoConcept


13 February 2014 03:09:25 |Machinery and Equipment,News

NFU seeks higher tractor speed limits


Farmers in Montgomeryshire have welcomed the opportunity, provided by the Department of Transport, to review the maximum speed limit for tractors on public roads.

At a meeting with Glyn Davies MP, NFU Cymru county Chairman, Jonathan Wilkinson said, “The current speed limits for agricultural tractor and trailer combinations have not been reviewed for 27 years. The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, stipulate constructional requirements which limit most agricultural tractors and trailers to a speed limit of 20mph.

“However, over the last 27 years agricultural machinery has increased in horsepower and speed as farming has become increasingly efficient. This increase has also come with other technological improvements which make tractors and trailers inherently safer. Indeed, tractor manufacturers now design and build tractors which are permitted to be used at far higher speed limits in other European member states and having a restrictive speed limit hinders Wales’ farmers’ capability to undertake efficient agricultural transport.”

Jonathan continued, “It’s not just efficient transport though, unnecessary delays add to rural road congestion causing frustration for farmers and other rural road users. Safety is also compromised, as these delays can cause other road users to undertake risky overtaking manoeuvres.

“The inherent safety of agricultural vehicles has improved over time and the industry has taken measures to improve the mechanical maintenance of tractors and trailers on the road. Tractors are designed to brake at 50% efficiency and their ‘wet’ braking system is far less prone to deterioration than braking systems for other road vehicles.”

Jonathan concluded, “We’ve highlighted to Glyn Davies MP, the reasons why we believe the Government can now safely increase the speed limit to 25mph for all agricultural tractors. We’ve further suggested that for combinations of tractors & trailers where the brakes of the trailer have been tested within a period of one year and they can achieve a braking efficiency of at least 45%, the speed limit for that vehicle could be safely raised to the stated maximum design speed of 50kph.”

Download

0 Comment

loginuserlogo
Name

Please enter your name


Email

Please enter your email

Please enter valid email


Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment has been submitted successfully. Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment


Ireland | 29 September 2016
Irish dairy farmers seek €11m under EU milk reduction scheme

Irish dairy farmers have sought €11m to reduce milk production during the final three months of the year under the European Union’s Voluntary Milk Reduction Scheme. This is according to the Ministe...


USA | 29 September 2016
U.S. cattle prices continue to erode as supplies rise

Rising beef supplies and large supplies of competing proteins are eroding prices on fed cattle headed for slaughter, and market volatility continues to be the focal point of the U.S. market. In the...


USA | 29 September 2016
Farmers suing Syngenta over GMO corn granted class action status in federal court

A federal judge has granted class action status to at least 440,000 farmers accusing agrochemical giant Syngenta of selling genetically modified corn seeds and costing them billions of dollars in lost...


Australia | 29 September 2016
Global dairy prices lift as farmers slash production

Global dairy prices are rising as farmers around the world cut back on production, but local prices are still below the cost of production for many south-east Australian farmers. The previous Globa...


Puerto Rico | 29 September 2016
Puerto Rico Experiences an Agricultural Renaissance

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Puerto Ricans are buying rice, vegetables and traditional crops such as plantains and pineapples, that are produced on the island. As new farms spring across ...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed


Top stories you may have missed
FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Farm subsidy payments funded by the UK taxpayer are being paid to millionai...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Labour will end the badger cull and prioritise ending bovine TB, Shadow Def...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A herd of rare White Park cattle could die out if its owners do not urgentl...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The UK government is "failing" to support farmers in the long-term accordin...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Retailer Co-op has announced that from May 2017 all of its bacon and lamb w...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Over 50 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock-take of all the UK's n...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

In the run up to the EU farm ministers meeting the agricultural sector have...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The RPA must iron out a number of problems that still exist with 2015 BPS p...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Tourism businesses in the countryside are being held back due to the uncert...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A 24 point action plan aimed at revitalising Scotland's sheep sector after ...


closeicon
Username
Password