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MARCH 2018
Machinery News
50k tractor test
The Farm Tractor and Machinery
Trade Association (FTMTA) and
other stakeholder groups recently met
with officials from the Department
of Transport, Tourism and Sport in
relation to progress on the introduction
of a test regime for some T5 tractors
(those tractors designed to
travel at speeds in excess
of 40kmph and otherwise
known as fast or 50k
tractors). This meeting
was further to a number
of meetings on this subject
held with the Department
and the Road Safety Authority
during 2018.
FTMTA welcomes the confirmation
given at the meeting that the previously
proposed criteria of tractors working
in excess of 25k from their home base
has been removed. The association
believes that there is still a need
for further clarification of the term
"commercial road haulage" as it
impacts the use of such tractors by
farmers and agricultural contractors.
It is clear that a roadworthiness testing
regime in respect of certain T5 tractors
will come into effect from May 20,
2018. This date is non-negotiable as
it is contained within an EU
directive in relation to
the overall subject of
roadworthiness testing
for various classes of
commercial haulage
vehicles. The new directive
specifically includes T5
tractors whereas previous
regulations on this subject did not.
It seems clear that the intention was
not to bring tractors used for genuine
agricultural activity into the scope of
a testing programme and it is to be
hoped that this will be reflected in the
Irish legislation to give effect to this
directive when it is introduced.
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FTMTA adds new
members in January
The January meeting of the FTMTA Executive
Council was pleased to accept two further firms
into membership of the Association. M Healion
Tractors Ltd operates at Arden, Tullamore, Co
Offaly. Eardly Agricultural Services Ltd is based in
Hebron Industrial Estate in Kilkenny.
FTMTA Grass & Muck 2018
nearly fully booked
While all the working grass machinery
demonstration space at this year's FTMTA Grass
& Muck event is now fully booked, there are
a very limited number of static display stand
opportunities remaining in the trade village area.
FTMTA is encouraging all those interested in
exhibiting at the event, at which over 12,000
visitors are expected, to submit their completed
application forms as soon as possible. FTMTA
Grass & Muck 2018 takes place at Gurteen College
near Birr on Thursday, May 17.
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