'Fast' tractor NCT: 'Nanny state-ism' says local Councillors
Councillors condemn 'fast' tractor NCT proposal by RSA
A Road Safety Authority (RSA) proposal to bring in a NCT-like test for "fast" tractors with speeds of over 40kph has been described as "nanny state-ism at its best by Sligo Councillor Keith Henry.
Councillors Keith Henry and Joe Queenan both put forward motions on the contentious issue at this month's Sligo County Council meeting.
The RSA maintains that the EU directive governing the legislation (2014/45/EU) is targeted solely at tractors used for commercial road haulage purposes.
Cllr Henry called on the Council to ask Transport Minister Shane Ross to oppose the proposal.
Cllr Queenan also called on the Minister to use the opt-out clause with the EU regarding the NCT for tractors.
"Tractors are included in very few accidents," said Cllr Henry.
"I don't see why there needs to be a Directive implemented. MEPs have a lot of questions to answer in they voted on this issue. I contacted the RSE about this and as usual there seems to be confusion - what defines 'haulage'?" he asked. "It's over-regulation. The considerations as to how much it's going to cost should be made," he added.
"My fear is that this is only the thin end of the wedge," said Cllr Queenan.