RSA call for extra care during harvest
THE IFA and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have urged road users to take extra care as the amount of farm machinery using the roads increases for the harvest.
With over 2.2m tonnes of cereal crops and 1.5m tonnes of bedding and feeding being moved off the fields over the coming months, the IFA and RSA called on farmers and road users to take extra care.
"I am asking all drivers to be on the lookout for tractors, trailers and other farm machinery exiting fields and farm yards," said Noel Brett of the RSA.
"If you are travelling behind farm machinery, please be patient and only overtake when it's safe to do so," he added.
This call was echoed by IFA president John Bryan.
"Farmers should be aware of traffic building up behind them and keep left where possible to allow other vehicles pass safely," Mr Bryan said.
"I would appeal to other road users to show patience when encountering farm machinery on the road. With understanding, the roads can be safer."