Safety appeal

All road users are being advised to watch out for tractors, trailers and other farm machinery exiting from fields and farmyards this week. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and IFA issued a joint safety appeal this week. Drivers are asked to exercise caution when travelling behind or meeting farm vehicles on the public road. Watch out for agricultural vehicles and only overtake them when safe to do so. Road users are advised to expect the unexpected. Drivers of agricultural vehicles are being reminded that they are governed by road traffic laws on driver licensing, insurance, standards in relation to vehicle roadworthiness, vehicle lighting and motor tax. IFA President Padraig Walshe said, ‘I am advising farmers to be safety conscious whenever bringing a farm vehicle onto the public road. Farmers should be aware of traffic building up behind them and keep left where possible to allow other vehicles pass safely. I would appeal to other road users to show patience when encountering farm machinery on the road. With understanding on both sides, the roads can be safer for everybody.’