Light up your trac­tor fully or pay the penalty, farm­ers told

RSA rules clear on obli­ga­tion to equip farm ve­hi­cles and trail­ers with proper light­ing, writes Cather­ine Hur­ley

Irish Independent - Farming - - FINANCE -

FARM­ERS have been urged to en­sure they are aware of the rules govern­ing light­ing on trac­tors.

The lack of a f lash­ing am­ber bea­con was high­lighted in a re­cent case where the op­er­a­tor of a trac­tor was in­volved in a se­ri­ous road traf­fic col­li­sion where a teenager lost his life.

The trac­tor driver was found guilty of care­less driv­ing in the case.

The trac­tor in­volved did not have a f lash­ing am­ber bea­con in­stalled on the ve­hi­cle as is re­quired by the Road Safety Author­ity (RSA).

Ac­cord­ing to the RSA, trac­tors and self-pro­pelled agri­cul­tural ma­chines must be equipped with full light­ing sys­tems at all times — not only dur­ing lightin­gup hours.

This in­cludes side-lamps, head­lamps, rear lamps, stop lamps, di­rec­tion in­di­ca­tors and num­ber plate light­ing.

Trac­tors and self-pro­pelled agri­cul­tural machin­ery must also be fit­ted with a f lash­ing am­ber bea­con, with some ex­emp­tions in place for vintage machin­ery, the RSA stresses.

If a trac­tor’s light­ing, front or back, is in any way blocked by hav­ing equip­ment at­tached to it, there must be a light­ing board dis­play­ing the re­quired light­ing fit­ted to it, ac­cord­ing to the RSA reg­u­la­tions.

Trail­ers

Trail­ers must also be equipped with side-lamps, rear lamps, stop lamps, di­rec­tion in­di­ca­tors and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion mark light­ing.

If the com­bined length of the trac­tor and trailer ex­ceeds 10 me­tres when cou­pled, the trailer must also be fit­ted with a marker lamp on the right-hand side, the RSA says.

Agri­cul­tural trail­ers with a de­sign gross ve­hi­cle weight (DGVW) ex­ceed­ing 3.5 tonnes must also be fit­ted with ref lec­tive rear mark­ings, and those with a DGVW ex­ceed­ing 3.5t and form­ing part of a com­bi­na­tion ex­ceed­ing 10m

Penal­ties for non-com­pli­ance

A fixed charge driv­ing of­fence sys­tem ap­plies where the driver of a ve­hi­cle found com­mit­ting cer­tain of­fences can pay a fixed charge or fine in­stead of go­ing to court.

The penalty car­ries a €60 fine if paid within 28 days and a €90 fine if paid within a fur­ther 28 days.

This in­cludes the fol­low­ing of­fences:

Us­ing a ve­hi­cle or trailer not equipped with

For other light­ing-re­lated of­fences, you could re­ceive a sum­mons to court, and upon con­vic­tion you could be fined up to €2,500, be given a prison sen­tence, or both.

Both the owner of the ve­hi­cle and who­ever is driv­ing it when the of­fence is recorded can be fined – un­less it can be shown that the use of the ve­hi­cle is unau­tho­rised.

See www.rsa.ie for fur­ther de­tails.

THE WORKER WAS ABLE TO OP­ER­ATE TWO TRAC­TORS AT ONCE ON THE TABLET

Trac­tors must be fit­ted with a flash­ing am­ber bea­con in over­all length must also be fit­ted with ref lec­tive side mark­ings.Where the agri­cul­tural trailer is cou­pled and ex­ceeds 13 me­tres, a rear ‘Long ve­hi­cle’ mark­ing must also be fit­ted. pre­scribed lamps and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion mark light­ing.• Us­ing a ve­hi­cle not equipped with pre­scribed rear pro­ject­ing load lamp or lat­eral pro­ject­ing load lamp.• Us­ing a trailer not equipped with pre­scribed marker lamp.

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