MOT For N Ireland Tractors
The Farmpage refer to a recent article in Agriland
Fast’ tractors which travel more than 15 miles from their base will not be required to go through the Ministry of Transport (MOT) test inspection unless they are being used for non-agricultural purposes.
In the first scenario, the tractor in question is capable of doing more than 40kph. It’s being used for hauling a load from a location 20 miles from its base, to a location 40 miles from its base. The load is a trailer of silage.
Does it need a test?
In this instance, the first two of the conditions are fulfilled, but the load is related to an agricultural operation – so the vehicle remains exempt.
In the second example, the tractor is capable of doing more than 40kph; it’s being used to haul a load from a location 60 miles away to another location 25 miles away; and the load is a flatbed trailer loaded with bricks.
Does this tractor need a test?
Yes it does, because all three of the boxes can be ticked (the load being unrelated to agriculture) and so the tractor will legally be required to have a goods vehicle test certificate.
In the second instance, the farmer or contractor would be moving outside the arena of agricultural work, and into the area of pure haulage.
According to the department, it would be unfair to require normal hauliers to comply with the necessary regulations (operator licensing, goods vehicle certificates, tachographs, etc) and permit farmers to compete for the same work without having to comply with those regulations.
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