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Government raises tractor speed limit

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The Government is raising the speed limit for tractors from 20mph to 25mph from spring 2015.

Under the changes, the maximum combination weight limit for tractors and trailers will also increase from 24.39 tonnes to 31 tonnes.

The increase in combined weight means bigger tractors can pull trailers without sacrificing cargo to meet the top weight limit of both tractor and trailer. This will maximise the amount of produce transported in each journey.

These changes will also result in farmers having to make fewer journeys on our roads and reduce the risk of accidents.

Tractors allowed to exceed 25mph will continue to be subject to tighter design and regulatory requirements.

The second phase of changes will see a further consideration of increases in weight and speed limits and a roadworthiness test for some agricultural tractors and trailers by summer 2016.

The announcement follows consultations which ran from November 2013 to January 2014.

Existing limits will apply until the first round of changes come into effect in spring 2015.

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  • reg dixon - 24/10/2014 10:58

    I've heard it said that, in recognition for favourable road tax treatment, tractors on public roads are required to pull over if causing a tailback. Does anyone know if this is true, as often tractors do pull over?

    • Gareth Roberts - 24/10/2014 12:25

      @reg dixon - I'm sure there's mention of it in the Highway Code and driving behind a tractor in Wales only last weekend along with around a dozen other cars was relieved when it pulled over to let us pass.

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