Pictured at a recent Ballyduff/Ballysaggart IFA Branch Meeting on Revised Standards for Agricultural Vehicles in the Lismore Hotel are, l-r:  Michael J Walsh, Chairman Ballyduff/Ballysaggart IFA Branch, Eleanor Kiely Waterford IFA Environment Chairman, Harold Kingston IFA Cork Central Delegate and John Fitzgerald Waterford IFA Chairman.

An Information Night on the “Revised Standards for Agricultural Vehicles” was held in the Lismore Hotel on Thursday, 12th April at 8.30pm.

Branch Chairman, Michael J Walsh said “farmers and contractors are committed to meeting all the requirements of the new legislation, however clarification is necessary”.

The night gave a simple picture of what is required under the new legislation, which came into play on 1st January 2016.

The revised standards apply to both new and existing vehicles and mainly impact on tractors and trailers being driven on the road. The standards apply to our main areas:

  • Braking
  • Lighting and visibility
  • Weights dimensions and coupling
  • Plating and speed rating

The attendance exceeded expectation. The presentation was followed by a very lively Question and Answer session.

The feeling from the meeting was that the new rules are essential for road safety.