Farm vehicle leaflet aims to reduce road hazards
A safety leaflet has been produced by the Highways Agency in association with the CLA in a bid to make sure farm vehicles are not a hazard on public roads.
Fit to go, Are your agricultural vehicles fit for the road? aims to encourage farmers and land workers to check their tractors and trailers comply with road safety regulations, and gives tips to ensure the general wellbeing of all road users.
Farm workers are told that they should not 'phone while driving, and that they should allow other drivers to overtake when safe. The leaflet also prompts farmers to check that trailers parked overnight on public roads have lights, and reminds them that they should be able to see behind their trailer using mirrors.
Other guidelines tell drivers of agricultural vehicles to give as much clearance as possible when overtaking horses and cyclists and to avoid tracking mud and stones off fields onto the road. The flier also explains that other motorists must be warned about any mud on the road and that action should be taken to clean the road after use.
The CLA says that with harvesting and other farming operations coming together at this time of year, tractor drivers need to be on the road - but it can be hard to appreciate that when you are driving behind one, admits CLA Yorkshire Regional Director, Dorothy Fairburn.
"The majority of tractor drivers do pull in to allow the public to pass by, but getting stuck behind one can lead to drivers taking unnecessary risks and overtaking at the most inopportune times, creating a danger to themselves and to other road users," said Miss Fairburn.
"It is important for car drivers to realise that farmers have a job to do and sometimes they are going to be held up."
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A farmer’s daughter from the North York Moors, where her brothers still farm, Dorothy has clocked up more than 30 years’ service to the rural economy since graduating from Wye College (University of London) with a degree in agriculture.
She qualified as a rural practice chartered surveyor (land agent) whilst working for Savills plc in London and York, dealing with sales and purchases of country houses and estates as well as the management of investment estates for financial institutions.
Prior to joining the CLA, Dorothy worked for the National Trust in Yorkshire. There she managed some 30,000 acres of outstanding countryside as well as being responsible for historic houses open to the public and the acquisition of major new properties.
Dorothy was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List in recognition of her services to rural affairs.
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