Sunday, 15 March 2015

Speed limit for tractors to increase this month . . .


Speed limit for tractors to increase next month

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The speed limit for tractors will increase in March

The speed limit for tractors is set to increase next month to 25 mph.

It will mean tractors can travel at 5 mph faster than the current speed limit and weight limits are also being increased by just under seven tonnes, to 31 tonnes.

Rapid advances in technology and modern demands on farming have seen tractors increase in size and weight, as well as speed.

In a written statement today, transport minister Claire Perry said: “The changes update our regulations to better reflect modern machinery and bring British farmers more in line with their international counterparts”.

She also promising a further review of speed and weight limits, alongside a road worthiness test, in 2016 if the Conservatives are voted in.

Mrs Perry added: “The current outdated weight limit incentivises farmers to use smaller tractors to tow larger trailers. This change could also increase the amount of produce that some farmers can carry in a journey resulting in fewer journeys and thus fewer risks of incidents.”

The National Farmers Union welcomed the news but is urging an increase to 40 mph on dual carriageways claiming it would make roads safer due to the current disparity in speed.

The union said it would like to see a higher weight limit for trailers, resulting in fewer journeys and saving the industry about £4 million in costs as well as reducing congestion on rural roads.

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