Gardaí have urged all road users to be mindful of the increased presence of agricultural vehicles, walkers and cyclists on roads.
It has appealed to all road users to “expect the unexpected”. Gardaí have also reminded drivers of agricultural machinery to comply with relevant road traffic legislation.
In a post on social media on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, a spokesperson for Meath Crime Prevention said:
“Drivers of agricultural vehicles, including quads, are not exempt from road traffic legislation and are reminded that those operating them must hold and carry the appropriate licence for that vehicle whilst driving on public roads. Helmets should also be worn at all times when operating quads.”
Agricultural vehicles are required to be taxed, insured and must be roadworthy, and have fully operational lights both in the front and rear.
If detected on public roads, they are also liable to seizure in the same way that a car/van is liable to seizure for:
- No driving licence;
- Tax expired for two months or more;
- No test/NCT;
- Unaccompanied drivers etc.
Road safety advice for tractor drivers
“Regular safety checks are essential on all agricultural vehicles. An Garda Síochána is asking all owners to play their part in keeping everyone safe both on and off the road.”
- Use the flashing amber beacon at all times following lighting and visibility laws;
- Keep tractor windows and mirrors clean to allow an unobscured view;
- Furthermore, keep tractors in good serviceable and roadworthy condition;
- Also, keep steering systems and all brakes working correctly;
- Apply the handbrake before leaving the cab. Also, remove the key from the engine and dismount facing the tractor;
- Be mindful of overhead wires if operating tall machinery;
- Do not overload trailers in a manner that would cause them to be unstable on the road.
Road safety advice for cyclists:
Gardaí have also reminded cyclists to adhere to the rules of the road by:
- Cycling no more than two abreast;
- Keeping as close to the left-hand side of the road as possible;
- Use Suitable lighting during lighting-up hours;
- Wear appropriate reflective clothing during these periods.