Tractor speed move will cut red tape

The CLA today (12 November 2013) strongly welcomed the Department for Transport’s decision to open a consultation to raise the maximum speed for tractors and increase the maximum weight of trailers – cutting red tape.

The Association, said it provided a clear statement about the Department for Transport’s commitment to implement suggestions made under the Farming Regulation Taskforce (MacDonald) Report.

CLA President Harry Cotterell said: “It is hugely encouraging to see a government department looking at ways in which it can remove red tape and burdens to agricultural businesses.

“The scale and sophistication of agricultural machinery has increased significantly over the past decade but the law has changed little since the 1980s.

“The proposed changes will more appropriately reflect the capabilities of modern agricultural machinery, allowing the UK’s farmers to carry on with their businesses more efficiently.”

The maximum speed limit for tractors would rise from 20mph to 25mph, and the maximum combined weight of a tractor and trailer from around 24 tonnes to 31 tonnes.

Mr Cotterell said: “Allowing these changes would also bring the UK in line with competitors in other EU member states.

“It achieves the right balance between road safety and improving the competitiveness of our farmers.”

 

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