Warnings on slurry tanker designs
'Half-full tankers the most dangerous'
Machinery manufacturers and contractors have voiced their concerns about slurry tanker design following a series of incidents with the units.
Most recently, a 2,000 gallon tanker overturned in Monaghan town during busy lunch-hour traffic. The valves on the machine broke, allowing the cattle slurry to flow down the road.
A fire brigade crew and council staff subsequently spent hours sand-bagging and cleaning up the mess.
The tanker was fitted with a single set of wide diameter wheels that have become popular among farmers in recent years.
"They're popular because they are cheap to build, they are easily pulled, and they don't damage the ground much," said Simon Cross of Kildare's Cross Engineering.
"But they are designed for the field, not for the road. That's why we put a 30kph speed limit sticker on all of them now.
"The half-full tanker is the most dangerous, especially if there is a young driver behind the wheel. We'd be recommending a double axle machine if the buyer is planning to do a lot of road work," he said.