Debate rages after Gardai stop driver with 'overweight' trailer load of straw
Garda Traffic Corps from the Cork North Division stopped this vehicle in Mallow, Co. Cork yesterday and kicked off a massive debate online about the legality of the drivers actions.
Gardai said there was no tachograph in use and the driver had no Certificate of Competency.
However, Gardai also hit out at the driver over the weight of the load.
"The maximum allowable weight for this vehicle and trailer was 9.5 tonnes but as you can see, the combined weights were far in excess of this" it said.
The move by the Gardai sparked a massive online debate on whether the drivers actions were legal.
One man questioned Gardai asking "What was the weight of trailer, truck and straw bales when ye weighed it?" while a whole host of people saying that there was no way the load of straw was over 9.5t.
"I would say the lorry no more than 3.5 tone for it's a aloy body the trailer 1 tone Witch is bout 4.5 /5 tone there's not 5 tone of bales".
Other recent agri related road offences
Driver stopped in Wexford. No licence to tow trailer- so no insurance. He won't be able to dig his way out ot that. pic.twitter.com/6k4YFLjZFv— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) March 14, 2017
Gardaí conducting Operation Thor checkpoint in Wicklow seized Tractor as it hasn't been taxed/insured for 15+ years. pic.twitter.com/OibMXBI3e5— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) March 8, 2017
'Time to retyre' - Tipp Traffic Corp seized this tractor driving on 3 wheels & 4th wheel tied to rear. Driver was 'wheely wheely sorry' pic.twitter.com/WlMibLG6QD— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 21, 2017
Meath traffic unit on patrol, driver of tractor holding a mobile phone. FCPN issued €80 and 3 points. pic.twitter.com/QINBJ34NcM— Garda Info (@gardainfo) November 29, 2016
Meanwhile, the issue of tachographs has also been highlighted by those in the agriculture community recently.
Recent legislation put a limit of 100km radius for tractors to travel from their base of operations.
However, Farm Contractors Ireland (FCI) said recently that many modern tractors are required to transport machines and farm produce greater distances, where the use of a truck would not be practical or economical due to the relatively low value of the goods in transit, such as straw.
FCI is calling for this limit to be raised to 180km.
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