New legislation on revised regulations for agricultural vehicles, mainly tractors came in to effect on 1st January 2016.
A summary of the revised legislation is as follows:
More powerful braking systems will be required for agricultural vehicles operating at speeds in excess of 40km/h, must be fitted with safe and efficient braking systems to address the potentially serious road safety risks associated with using “under braked” trailed equipment on public roads, i.e. premature tractor brake wear or failure leading to the possibility of jack-knifing.
Lighting & Visibility
Agricultural vehicles will need to be equipped with appropriate lighting systems, flashing amber beacons and reflective markings.
Weights, Dimensions & Coupling
New national weight limits are being introduced. These will enable tractor and trailer combinations which are unplated to continue in use at limits which are safe for such vehicles, i.e. combinations of agricultural tractors and trailers, where either of them is unplated, will have their maximum towable mass capped at 3 times the tractor’s unladen weight.
Plating & Speed Rating
Trailers operating at weights exceeding 19 tonnes or at speeds exceeding 40 km/h will require fitment of both an authorisation (i.e. a national weights and dimensions plate) and a speed disc.
If you are unsure as to whether your vehicle or vehicles comply with these revised standards a comprehensive booklet entitled “Revised Standards for Agricultural Vehicles” has been prepared which contains practical advice, and tips on achieving compliance with the revised standards.
Those who breech the revised regulations could face a direct summons to court whereby on conviction, courts may impose a class C fine (up to €2,500), an offender could also face a prison sentence along with a fine. According to the RSA the fine and prison sentence can be imposed on both the person who commits the offence and the owner of the vehicle.
If you require parts for your tractor or agricultural vehicle visit our aftersales page for details on parts and spares.