Tractor NCT may be parked as Department of Transport takes on industry concerns

Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

The controversial NCT for tractors may be parked, after a stakeholder meeting today.

The move comes after representations were made today to the Department of Transport As a result of representations from industry.

Tom Murphy of the Professional Agricultural Contractors of Ireland (PAC) said today's meeting at the Department of Transport saw the Department briefed on the rationale behind the decision to instigate a 25km radial distance from base for fast tractors.

The regulation was due to come into effect next year under Statutory Instrument 413/2017. 

Stakeholders had expressed concern at the implications this regulation brings for both agricultural contractors and farmers. 

A number of proposals were put forward at today's meeting including; extending the 25km radial distance, exempting the haulage of farm produce or more specifically that high speed  tractors, used for the specific purpose of hauling bulky unprocessed forage (e.g. Silage, hay, straw, roots)  from farm to farm be exempt. 

According to Murphy, Department officials were receptive to the representations of stakeholders and have agreed that it is possible for the Dáil to put forward a motion to annual SI 413/2017 so that the concerns of stakeholders may be considered.

He said that PAC will assist in any way it can to ensure a positive outcome to this issue.

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