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Monday 22 January 2018

RSA launch new farm safety videos

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has launched a series of videos outlining the revised standards for agricultural vehicles. The standards, which were announced last year, will apply to both new and existing vehicles from 1 January 2016.

The videos have been produced in association with the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) and outline the key changes to the standards in the areas of braking; lighting and visibility; weights, dimensions and coupling; and plating and speed rating.

The RSA say the current standards have been in place for over 50 years and do not reflect the design capabilities of modern agricultural vehicles or their use by farmers and agricultural contractors. The videos bring to life the content of the RSA's booklet "Revised Standards for Agricultural Vehicles."

Speaking at the launch, Denise Barry from RSA said: "These videos will help to explain the revised standards clearly, outlining where the key changes are as well as what is now required in terms of compliance.

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"The introduction of these revised standards is a significant development for the agricultural industry and road safety. Therefore the RSA is keen to ensure that everyone working in the agricultural industry has access to clear information on how the revised standards will impact their vehicles and work.

"I would encourage anyone who is working in this area to have a look at the videos which are available on the RSA's YouTube page and get up to speed on what is required from 1 January 2016."

Gary Ryan, FTMTA chief executive, said: "The FTMTA is delighted to have been involved in the making of these videos with the RSA. The majority of correctly maintained tractors already in use comply with the revised standards.

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However due to varying construction standards, some trailers may need remedial work carried out to them to achieve compliance, particularly if operating at speeds greater than 40kph or at weights greater than 19t."

Watch online

The videos are available to view on the RSA's YouTube page, www.youtube.com/RSAIreland. The accompanying booklet is available to download from the RSA website.

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