Gardai warn farmers to check imported jeep specifications
Farmers using imported jeeps to tow trailers could be in breach of the law, insist Limerick-based gardai.
Many of the 4x4 jeeps which have been imported into this country in recent years do not have the specification necessary for drawing a trailer or livestock box, according to Limerick Traffic Corp officers, who addressed a farmer meeting in Adare last week.
Garda Dermot Hallett advised farmers in the county using imported 4x4s to check their vehicles for a GCVW plate [Gross Combination Vehicle Weight] to certify that the vehicle complies with the legal requirements for towing.
"We have come across several of these imported 4x4 vehicles that do not have a GCVW plate. Unless the vehicle has that plate with the approved combined weight shown, you are not entitled to use them for towing because they are not certified by the manufacturer for that use," Garda Hallett told the startled group of farmers.
"The vehicle must have the plate or they are not legal for towing," he warned.
The gardai advised that some imports do meet the requirements but they have found that particular makes or models, some of which are quite popular by farmers in this country, are less likely to comply than others.
When asked how there could be a difference between two jeeps that were the same model, even if they were from different jurisdictions, the gardai advised that "there are different specifications for the same vehicles and that is why it is important to ensure that they are certified by examining the plate".