Farm Ireland

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Farming bodies to meet Department of Transport over NCT for tractors

Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

Farming organisations are to meet the Department of Transport in the coming weeks, after new regulations were approved by the Minister Shane Ross.

The Minister for Transport signed a Statutory Instrument in September which stipulates that tractors used to haul loads over a distance more than 25km would be subject to an NCT.

Now, following representations by the Professional Agricultural Contractors (PAC) Ireland to the Department of Transport, a date of November 1 has been set for a meeting with stakeholders and Department officials.

PAC Chairman, Michael Sheehan says “this meeting will afford stakeholders the opportunity to express their concerns at the contents of S.I. 413/2017; particularly the 25km restriction on the movement of farm produce”.

Farming organisations strongly criticised the move by the Department of Transport and said they were not fully engaged with during the consultative process.

Michael Moroney, CEO of Farm Contractors Ireland said he was "flabbergasted" at the move by the Department of Transport and the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

He said that at a meeting with the RSA, farming organisations were told that tractors capable of travelling 40km or more when hauling loads more than 25km from their base would be classed as commercial haulage and would need to undergo an NCT.

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