Advice: Tractor 'NCT' is unlikely to be an issue for most farmers
Q In the last few weeks there has been a lot of talk about the need to have an NCT or road worthiness test for tractors. I am a part time farmer with a fairly small holding and I do most of the machinery work in an older tractor to avoid the costs of buying a new and expensive tractor. I just cannot justify buying an expensive/newer tractor from the farm income and I am afraid that I will have to upgrade.
A As the busy silage season approaches many farmers will be looking at the condition of the machinery both from a safety and maintenance prospective
The RSA have introduced new regulations since January 2016 relating to braking systems, lighting and weight limits, including:
More powerful braking systems will be required for agricultural vehicles operating at speeds in excess of 40km/h. Most of the correctly maintained tractors which have come into use in the past 30 years already meet these requirements.
Agricultural vehicles will need to be equipped with appropriate lighting systems, flashing amber beacons and reflective markings.
Trailers operating at weights exceeding 19 and 22.5 tonnes for tandem and triaxle trailers respectively, or at speeds exceeding 40 kilometres per hour, will require fitment of both a weights and dimensions plate and a speed disc.
New national weight limits are being introduced. These will enable tractor and trailer combinations which are unplated to continue in use at limits which are safe for such vehicles.
This includes combinations of agricultural tractors and trailers, where either of them is unplated, will have their maximum towable mass capped at three times the tractor's unladen weight.