Tractor Safety on Roads
Below are some important reminders that you should be aware of when operating a tractor on a road:
- When driving a tractor on the road do not impede the normal flow of traffic, signal, pull over and stop to let traffic pass at earliest opportunity.
- Tractors used on roads need to be registered and those operated at over 40km/h are required to have a warrant of fitness.
- Drivers are required to hold a class 1 restricted licence if the tractor does not exceed 4500kg and 40km/h on the road. A class 1 full licence is required for heavier vehicles travelling under 40km/h and full licence with endorsements for the operation of larger tractors at higher speeds.
- Amber beacons must be fitted to agricultural motor vehicles registered after 1 June 2013 (to be visible for up to 100m) however it is recommended that they are fitted to all agricultural tractors and machines.
- Agricultural trailers operated during the hours of darkness require at least one red rear position lamp and amber beacons may also need to be fitted.
- Pilot vehicles are required for vehicles exceeding 3.1 metres wide and 40km/h or 3.1 metres wide and during hours of darkness regardless of speed. It may be best practise to utilise a pilot vehicle regardless of your tractor size during busy periods.