Red alert on new road regulations
Concerns are growing that farmers will fall foul of a raft of new regulations governing machinery on public roads.
A 72-page guide published by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) on new rules for tractors and the machines that they tow details how farmers face fines for not having illuminated number plates, speed limit stickers, and beacons on every tractor.
"It is a real concern that people will get caught out, not out of any desire to flout the law, but simply because they didn't know," said the IFA's environment spokesman, Harold Kingston.
The new rules came into force on January 1 this year, and carry with them maximum fines of €2,500, or on-the-spot fines of €60.
The ICMSA wants the Government to subsidise the cost of complying with the new measures.
"We think that the very least the RSA could do is to subsidise the beacons through a preferred supplier," said the ICMSA's spokesman Patrick Rohan.
However, the IFA spokesman noted the new regulations were a lot better than what was originally being proposed.