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The Farm Vehicle Health Check Scheme

Recent legislation changes have come into effect that now permit a higher gross combination weight for tractors and trailers (now 31 tonnes), and with these changes it is important to ensure that all agricultural trailers are fit to be on the roads.

Drivers of unroadworthy vehicles are at risk of receiving fines and points on their driving licence, so to avoid incurring any penalties here are some basic checks to perform on farming trailers.

General Condition - Ensure your trailer looks roadworthy and stable- trailers that look as though they are unroadworthy may be prone to police checks.

Brakes - All brakes on the trailer should be fully functioning, including the handbrake.

Lights - All of the lights should be in good working order and not obstructed by dirt.

Tyres - Ensure that tyres are free from cuts, bulges and that there is sufficient tread depth.

Drawbar - As the primary link between the trailer and the tractor, it is essential that your drawbar is ‘fit for purpose’

Number plate - The number plate on your trailer should match at least one of the tractors in the fleet that is registered to your business.

To help those working in the agricultural industry to comply with legislation, a joint initiative from the NFU, NAAC and BAGMA has been launched called The Farm Vehicle Health Check Scheme. This scheme aims to provide farmers with information on how to select, use and maintain machinery - including using the right oils and additives.