‘Let’s let tractors go faster’



Proposals to raise the maximum speed for tractors from 20 to 25mph has been backed by a group which defends the interests of landowners and rural businesses.

Along with the speed limit increase, The Department for Transport is also proposing the maximum combined weight allowed for a tractor and trailer be increased from around 24 tonnes to 31 tonnes.

Both moves have been supported by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

Eastern regional director Nicola Currie said: “It is hugely encouraging to see proposals for red tape to be cut and burdens to agricultural businesses being removed.

“The scale and sophistication of agricultural machinery has increased significantly over the past decade, but the law has changed little since the 1980s.

“The proposed changes will more appropriately reflect the capabilities of modern agricultural machinery, allowing the region’s farmers to carry on with their businesses more efficiently. It would also bring the UK in line with competitors in other EU member states.

“It achieves the right balance between road safety and improving the competitiveness of our farmers.”

Consultation on the proposals closed last week.




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