Trailer height rule to cost farmers €10m
New transport rules restricting the maximum height of loaded trailers could add up to €10m to the cost of transporting fodder to the west of Ireland, farm organisations have claimed.
Pressure is mounting on Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, to rescind the new law that limits vehicle heights to 4.65m.
The rule, which came into effect last Friday, November 1, effectively means that a standard articulated lorry load has to be reduced by one whole row.
It could also mean that tractors and trailers carrying bales three-high are breaking the law.
ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin said that the new rules meant that only two rows of 4x4 round bales would be legal on lorries, while large square bales, typically three feet high, would only be legal when loaded three-high on most trailers.
He said the rule could add €5-10 per bale to the cost of hauling hay and straw from the midlands and east to western counties.
"It is a restriction that is unworkable in practice and must be reversed as soon as possible."