Dyfed Powys’ police and crime commissioner has issued a plea to rural road users to be aware of farm machinery and vehicles during the summer harvest period.
Christopher Salmon, who grew up on a farm, is asking road users to be patient as they encounter increased agricultural traffic, and farmers to be thoughtful of others.
Mr Salmon said: “A number of people have raised concerns about agricultural vehicles with me recently.
“It’s a frantic time of year for many of those in agriculture; they’ve got to get silage in. I know what it’s like – I’ve been there myself. The weather doesn’t always help – and late nights, heavy loads and massive tractors put pressure on small roads.
“My message to farmers and contractors is: ‘Keep the public on your side!’ My message to the public is: ‘Be patient.’
“Farmers and contractors do their best to consider their neighbours. But, as agricultural equipment gets bigger and the pressures increase, it’s important to take extra care at this busy time – to keep the public behind local farms. That way, I hope farmers can make the most of the weather and have a successful, accident-free, harvest.
“Local people support our farmers, particularly when the pressure’s on. I encourage the public to continue supporting our local farms; they’re the lifeblood of our economy.”