New tractor speed and weight limits come into force today (9 Mar) in a move which will be welcomed by the farming community.
Under the changes, the maximum combination weight limit for tractors and trailers has increased from 24.39 tonnes to 31 tonnes, while the speed limit for tractors has increased to 40km/h (approximately 25mph), up from 20mph.
The Government says the changes “will allow farmers to more appropriately size their tractor to their trailer and maximise the amount of produce transported in each journey”.
Claire Perry, transport minister, said: “These changes will allow tractors to carry more produce per journey, meaning less traffic on our roads and almost £60m savings for the hard-working farming community each year.
“Farms are the life-blood of rural communities and helping them is part of the Government’s long-term economic plan to improve the lives of people up and down the country.”
A second phase of changes will see consideration given to further increases in weight and speed limits and a roadworthiness test for some agricultural tractors and trailers, in time for the 2016 harvest period.