The DfT has launched consultations to seek views on proposals to increase the weight limit for agricultural vehicles and allow conventional tractors to travel at up to 25 mph, rather than 20 mph as at present.
The DfT says that moves will eradicate “outdated regulations” in a move to “help farmers transport goods more efficiently and boost agricultural output”.
Announcing the consultation, Robert Goodwill, roads minister, said: “Whether it’s helping to put food on the table, or driving industry forward with biofuel production, the UK relies on our farming community getting the job done.
“The Government is determined to cut red tape and make farmers’ lives as easy as possible – enabling them to safely transport more goods, more quickly will help increase production and drive down costs which could be reflected in the price of food.”
The two consultations fulfill commitments made in a report of the Independent Farming Regulation Taskforce, published in May 2011.
Click here to access the consultation relating to weight limit.
Click here to access the consultation relating to tractor speeds.
Both consultations run until 30 January 2014.