Tractor drivers could face voluntary roadworthiness test

5 February 2017

Two Years ago, the legislation regarding Tractor Weights and speeds was reviewed, extending weights to 31 t and maximum speeds to 25mph.

In a recent article by Farmers Weekly they reported that at the New Holland's Basildon Headquarters, the first in a series of workshops outlining potential changes in the law governing agricultural vehicles took place. 

The department's spokesman at the NAAC event said "it may be delayed due to the complications of Brexit".

The ability to carry extra wright could be linked to some form of voluntary road-worthiness testing and a potential revision in driver licensing. 

Operators of tractors running at higher weights may be subject to age restrictions and may have to obtain additional licences 

From January 2018, it looks likely any new tractors hitting UK roads will have to have stopping powers much closer to those of HGVs.

Later this year, it is likely that fast tractors will have to undergo annual roadworthiness testing and will probably be accompanied by a 15-mile travel limit. 

Farm tractors fall into a different tax category and will remain exempt.

There has also been a review of the driver licensing up for discussion by the police and there was an agreement that the current scheme allowing anyone with a car license to get behind the wheel of a tractor was not fit for purpose. 

Additional licence categories for heavier, higher speed tractors and an age restriction were options put forward.

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