Read our briefing and complete our web survey.
For some time the NFU has pressed government for the current weight and speed limits for tractors and trailers to be increased. Trailer weights have not moved from the current maximum of 18.29 tonnes (24.39 tonnes for tractor and trailer) since the Construction and Use Regulations governing trailer weights came into force in 1986.
The regulations are now seriously outdated as modern agricultural equipment, and technical developments, have moved on.
The NFU, along with other industry partners - NFU Scotland, NAAC, AEA and BAGMA - submitted a proposal to the DfTwhich called for a change in the legislation to allow tractors and trailers that had undertaken a proprietary roadworthiness test (undertaken by the industry) to travel at speeds up to 25mph and weights of up to 37t (for tri-axle trailers with road-friendly suspension).
Members can read the briefing in the related documents tab on the right-hand side and complete our websurvey online until June 21.