McNarry says modest increase in tractor speeds on roads will help reduce delays and should improve safety.
David McNarry MLA, UKIP’s leader in Northern Ireland, has welcomed an increase in the road speed allowed for tractors which, he says, is good news for the travelling public. The Environment Minister is currently seeking public opinions on an increase in the road speed tractors at which tractors are allowed to travel to 40 km per hour.
“Many drivers are frustrated by the slow speeds of agricultural tractors on roads but do not realise that this slow speed is imposed on them by the existing law. Accidents associated with tractors, as the Minister pointed out to me in answering a recent question I had asked, are mainly down to tractors travelling too slowly, not too fast. The Minister’s proposal is for a for a modest increase in speed for tractors of 4.8 mph from the current speed of 20 mph to 24.8mph (40kmh). The Independent Farming Regulation Taskforce report noted that some stakeholders perceive the current restrictions imposed in legislation are outdated and that an alteration to the speed restriction, raising it above 20mph, would maintain or improve road safety.”
“Present speed restrictions do not reflect the capability of modern farm machinery and forces farmers to drive unnecessarily slowly on public roads causing unnecessary delays for farmers and creating a nuisance to other road users. A slight speed increase could improve the situation.”