Tough new drink laws hit farmers
Published 01/11/2011 | 05:00
Drinking a few pints after a day cutting silage may become a thing of the past following the introduction of the new, stricter drink driving limits over the weekend.
The Government confirmed that the lower blood alcohol of 20mg will apply for all drivers towing trailers.
The new limits will apply to farmers drawing car/jeep trailers, livestock boxes and tractors pulling trailers, including silage wagons.
The drink drive limit has been cut from 80mg to 50mg for all drivers and from 80mg to 20mg for learner, newly qualified drivers and professional drivers.
The extension of the severe limit to drivers drawing trailers will have the heaviest impact for farmers.
The stricter requirement to carry a current driving licence at all times will also have some difficulties for farmers who may drive different vehicles at different times of the day.
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