Get up to speed on agri-vehicle standards
Derek Casey looks at what's involved in the new rules for agri-vehicles which take effect from January 1
Published 02/12/2015 | 02:30
Are you ready for the new standards for agricultural vehicles coming into effect from January 1?
Announced last year, the revised standards apply to both new and existing vehicles such as tractors and trailers.
So why the need for change? The answer is simply because the current regulations haven't kept pace with the rate of increase in size and capability of modern machinery.
The old standards have been in place for more than half a century, during which time tractors have become bigger, faster and more powerful.
There are no changes to the driver licensing and testing arrangements for Category W (agricultural tractor and works vehicle) licence holders are being made at this time.
Nor is there any talk of the introduction of compulsory roadworthiness testing for agricultural vehicles at this time.
So what do farmers need to do to adapt to the revised rules? For most users, the answer to that question is little or nothing.
The majority of correctly maintained tractors will already comply the revised standards. If you are unsure as to whether your vehicle or vehicles comply with the revised standards, it is worth contacting the vehicle manufacturer or one of their authorised dealers for advice.