February 05, 2013

Rix Petroleum has a long association with the countryside, serving farmers and rural dwellers in Yorkshire and beyond for many years.

It is a connection we are very proud of and like to think of ourselves at the centre of country life, keeping rural homes heated and tractors and farm equipment moving.

But it has come to our attention that advances in tractor technology and overly complicated regulations might be putting our farming colleagues at odds with the long arm of the law.

We can’t have that, so always eager to help we have compiled a list of the areas that are most likely to land farmers in hot water, with a little help from the Farmers Weekly.

There include:

  • Mud on the road.

Farmers are responsible for mud dropped on the road from their own vehicles and the consequences of that can be as serious as a fatal accident. However, they share responsibility for accidents caused by vehicles operated by a contractor.

  • Trailer lights.

Indicator lights must be fitted to all trailers made after 1990 which are used on public roads.

  • Failing to pull over when causing a traffic tailback.

This can cause accidents if frustrated and impatient drivers behind you try to overtake inappropriately. It can also result in prosecution for driving without reasonable consideration for other vehicles.

  • Exceeding the weight limit.

The maximum gross train weight (GTW) – the total weight of the tractor, the trailer and its load – is 24,390kg. Exceeding the legal limit is all too easy and GTWs of 30t or more have been recorded by police forces.

  • Exceeding the width limit.

The regulations state that the police must be notified before farm equipment more than 3m wide travels on a public road. There is no excuse for breaking the rules.

  • Exceeding the speed limit.

Most tractors on the market now have a 40kph or 50kph top speed, much higher than the 32kph (20mph) speed limit for tractors on public road. Care must be taken to stay inside the speed limit.

So there you have it, six easy-to-break rules of tractor driving. We hope you don’t fall foul of any of them and end up having your collar felt by the local constabulary.

From everyone at Rix, stay safe and drive carefully.

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