YOUR views wanted: Trailer weights and speed

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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The regulations are now seriously outdated as modern agricultural equipment, and technical developments, have moved on.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.

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Last edited on: 17:05:2013

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  • Posted by: Rodger HobsonPosted on: 20/05/2013 10:45:53

    Comment: This process is taking too long. We have TEN old 14 tonne trailers in need of replacement, but we can't replace them until we know the new rules. Please hurry up!
  • Posted by: Hugh TylerPosted on: 24/05/2013 19:21:59

    Comment: Increased wt/size may be good for some areas but there are many places with narrow &,high banked lanes with insufficient loading capacity to cope with the larger dimensions proposed. Who will pay for the destruction of the verges & road surfaces which are already being created by wider wheelbases?
    Hugh Tyler
  • Posted by: PARTRIDGEPosted on: 11/06/2013 07:48:37

    Comment: as our tractors get bigger so the load we can carry is getting smaller
  • Posted by: PartridgePosted on: 11/06/2013 16:42:48

    Comment: our tractors now weigh in at 9-10 ton empty trailer at 4-5 ton at 24 gross for tractor trailer means a load of 10 tons how do we get harvest in at 10 ton a load wake up NFU / DfT ACTION TODAY PLEASE HARVEST WON'T WAIT
  • Posted by: Simon ButlerPosted on: 06/12/2013 12:36:25

    Comment: If the law is going to be changed i think it should be to the maximum recommended weight as machinery only gets bigger and if we have to have mots and tractor/trailer checks we might as well do it for the higher end weight to try and get all farmers compliant so that it covers all sizes
  • Posted by: Brian WoodPosted on: 18/12/2013 08:51:45

    Comment: We currently have two Fendt tractors which weigh 12 tonnes each. In harvest time one will pull a 15 tonne load of grain. Total weight 27 tonnes. The old 1970's law allows 24 Tonnes maximum!
    We also have a slurry tanker which carries 3500 gallons. This weighs approx 15 tonnes plus the tanker 6 tonnes equals 21 tonnes. Pulled by a McCormick 150 at 6 tonnes. We are up to 27 tonnes again.
    The Fendts have air brakes and air brakes on the trailers, they also have ABS braking. They also have 60km/hr gearboxes, 37 mph!
    I think air brakes on tractors of 150hp and over should be compulsory.
    Mot's or proof of services carried out at least once a year. The hand brakes on tractors only act on the transmission so when the foot brake is released to get out and open a gate only the tractor has the wheels locked not the trailer . The tractor could then be pushed by the trailer if on loose ground and depending on the incline.We have other combinations which exceed the 24 tonne limit.
    We have been oblivious to the 24tonne limit as a great many other farmers have. Weights have been creeping up unseen!
    Sixteen year olds should not be allowed to drive these heavy combinations .
  • Posted by: Robert NosworthyPosted on: 20/12/2013 16:54:42

    Comment: 31 tonnes minimum weight - you have my vote.

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