A driver towing a livestock trailer is set to appear before court after Gardaí brought them to a halt in recent days.
Gardaí in Cork discovered that a motorist driving at 119kph on the M8 near Cork City. The driver had exceeded the legal speed limit for towing trailers by close to 40kph.
Driver towing livestock trailer
In a post on social media, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:
“Glanmire Garda were conducting speed checks on the M8 near Cork City when they found this car & trailer travelling at 119kph.”
“The max speed for a towed trailer is 80kph. A Fixed Charge Penalty Notice was issued. Proceedings to follow,” the spokesperson added.
Court and speeding ticket for jeep driver towing trailer
Mitchelstown Roads Policing detected a 4×4 travelling at 113km/h on the M8 near Fermoy.
When highlighting the case on social media, Gardaí reminded the public that the “limit for vehicles towing a trailer (regardless of what the trailer is) is 80km/h”.
Gardaí issued a speeding ticket for this offence but made a further discovery.
A spokesperson for Garda Síochána – Cork, Kerry & Limerick – Southern Region, said:
“It also transpired that the driver did not hold the required driving licence for this vehicle and will be travelling down the M8 again to visit the local district court in the near future.”
Rules of the road: Towing trailers
According to the RSA, the maximum speed limit for a vehicle towing a trailer is 80km/hr. To note, this also applies on roads where the posted road sign speed limit is higher.
A category B driving licence permits you to drive a car, van or 4 x 4, which has a maximum mass (as specified by the manufacturer) of not more than 3,500kg and is designed and constructed to carry no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver.
To note, a category B licence does not entitle the holder to tow a horsebox or a livestock trailer because the combined maximum mass would exceed 3,500kgs.
Furthermore, you may tow a trailer with a maximum mass (again as specified by the manufacturer) not greater than 750kg, or where the maximum mass is more than 750kg, the combined maximum mass of the towing vehicle and the trailer is not greater than 3,500kg.