Will your tractor be subject to an 'NCT' test?
Compulsory testing will only apply to 'fast tractors' for commericial road haulage says Road Safety Authority
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has confirmed that compulsory testing for farm vehicles will be confined to what it describes as "fast tractors" that have maximum speeds of over 40km/hr.
It was widely feared that EU regulations would require all tractors used on the public roads to undertake the equivalent of an NCT. However, this was denied by the RSA.
A statement from the RSA maintained that the EU directive governing the legislation (2014/45/EU) is targeted solely at tractors used for commercial road haulage purposes.
"It is not proposed to apply roadworthiness testing to fast tractors used exclusively for agricultural purposes," the RSA said.
"The spirit of the directive is to ensure that fast tractors involved in local transport for commercial activities are required to meet the same periodic testing requirements as their commercial vehicles counterparts," the RSA insisted.
"The RSA is working with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTaS) in finalising the policy currently. On determination of the policy with respect to testing of fast tractors by the DTTaS, the RSA will engage with the key stakeholders and will communicate the requirements of the test well in advance of them becoming mandatory," it added.
Member States are required to publish the legal provisions to give effect to the terms of the new directive by May 20. The directive will then come into effect from May 20, 2018.