Farmers cautioned to ‘turn off’ tractor lights blinding other road users
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has urged Farmers to ‘switch off’ their work lamps before taking to the road this winter.
This safety plea has been issued following a number of public concerns over the illegal use of these lights which can dazzle other road users and cause confusion.
Work lamps, commonly referred to as ‘ploughing lamps’, are fitted to agricultural tractors and self-propelled machinery to give extra visibility when working on the farm.
However, it is illegal to use these on the public road and some farmers are forgetting to switch them off.
Road Traffic Regulations ban the use of white lights to the rear of any vehicle in a public place. In times of darkness it can confuse motorists into thinking that a vehicle is approaching. Only red and amber lighting should appear on the back of a vehicle.
In addition, these work lamps are highly powered causing other road users to be temporarily blinded which is a serious road safety concern.
For further advice and information on the correct operation of agricultural machinery, including lighting, the RSA advise farmers to view its 'plain-English' booklet titled Revised Standards for Agricultural Vehicles.