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Tractors on the road.

  • 09-08-2016 12:57am
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    Registered Users Posts: 10,213 ✭✭✭✭ Base price


    Whilst driving home to NCD from Longford this evening (left a 8.20pm) I came across 11 tractors with bale lifters/grain trailers/balers/tedders/one with a reel followed by the combine.
    Out of the 11 only 6 (including the combine) had yellow flashing beacons.
    The combine with the tractor/reel outfit was lit up like New Years Day and you could see them in the distance :)
    I came across 3 tractor/grain trailer outfits that were closer to home and none of them had any flashing beacons although the trailers had rear lights. The tractors weren't auld 135's either.
    WTF - I thought tractors were supposed to have yellow flashing beacons if they were on the road.
    Rant over.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,748 ✭✭✭ ganmo


    Base price wrote: »
    Whilst driving home to NCD from Longford this evening (left a 8.20pm) I came across 11 tractors with bale lifters/grain trailers/balers/tedders/one with a reel followed by the combine.
    Out of the 11 only 6 (including the combine) had yellow flashing beacons.
    The combine with the tractor/reel outfit was lit up like New Years Day and you could see them in the distance :)
    I came across 3 tractor/grain trailer outfits that were closer to home and none of them had any flashing beacons although the trailers had rear lights. The tractors weren't auld 135's either.
    WTF - I thought tractors were supposed to have yellow flashing beacons if they were on the road.
    Rant over.

    of all the lads the NCD tillage lads know how narrowly the garda apply traffic regulations now. very foolish, is it going to take another garda intervention to make them cop on


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,748 ✭✭✭ ganmo


    http://www.farmersjournal.ie/news-219586

    this might make some of em wake up


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 147 ✭✭ Ericdravancrow


    I'd say less than half of tractors in Galway have complied with the amber beacon requirement....farmers and safety :-(


  • Registered Users Posts: 23 bruce thomas


    I know flashing beacons are needed but for recovery trucks they are for when recovering then turn the bloody things off as you're vehicle is still the same size etc. Flashing beacons are to give warning of any danger. I think these drivers like to be seen. ....


  • Registered Users Posts: 28 DEUTZ1507


    Its the law now all tractors need amber flashing beacons on public road


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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,101 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian


    LAst week, Friday night about 10pm I passed a tractor on the M3, think it had a post driver on it.. No rear lights at all, no beacon, nothing.. absolute disgrace and an accident in the making..

    If I were in power I'd have his license for 5 years, no appeals !


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,213 ✭✭✭✭ Base price


    I was driving near Skryne/Tara during the week and came upon a tractor exiting from a field with some sort of harrow mounted on the front and a one pass on the back. The harrow stuck out onto the road at least 4' (3' odd in the air) before the driver could even see any oncoming traffic.
    There wasn't a flashing amber light, hazard markings or any type of safety feature on the harrow let alone a flag person.


  • Registered Users Posts: 449 ✭✭ Milton09


    _Brian wrote: »
    LAst week, Friday night about 10pm I passed a tractor on the M3, think it had a post driver on it.. No rear lights at all, no beacon, nothing.. absolute disgrace and an accident in the making..

    If I were in power I'd have his license for 5 years, no appeals !


    Crazy stuff, in situations like this call it in, ring 999 and ask to get put through to the Gardaí - they will have him at the next off ramp.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,300 ✭✭✭ kerry cow


    In our local area we have one guy with a Ford 3000 and 2 flashing beacons that must switch on when he turns the key as they never switch off and all he does is spin to the shop for a pint of milk and another guy with a landini and a 10x6 of turf that has two flashing beacons and he tip along doing his deliverys doing half trottle.
    Total joke imo


  • Registered Users Posts: 48 CianW5


    I don't think the rules are strict enough in this country for tractors because as ye know in Ireland there are loads of tractors driving up and down country roads for instant...... (true story) Last Summer we were doing silage and it was a long draw the contractors was late turning up and it was about 6:00pm they had a big field to do and there was no way they would get it done before dusk and it was meant to rain at some stage the next day and for many days after so they would have to get it done THAT NIGHT!!!!! They were driving on main roads for hours at high speeds all through the night and they were more then likely tired!! They actually did not finish until 2:00am and I did not get to sleep until 3:30am. I mean like that was totally NOT SAFE. And we had some complaints the next day due to the noise and it was completely they contractors fault!!!!

    So what do you make of that.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 25,852 ✭✭✭✭ looksee


    I am a rural dweller, though not in farming, and I just came on to comment on tractors on country roads.

    I have no problem with tractors on country roads, they are working and have to use the roads. However at the moment there are two tractors and trailers drawing silage down about 4 kilometers of road from the field to the farm and they are driving at what seems to me to be ridiculous speeds, especially on the return journey (empty). While two cars can pass on the road it requires a bit of slowing and care for a tractor and trailer and another vehicle to pass, meeting one of these on a corner - there are many corners! could be hazardous.

    I realise they are contractors and have a job to do and a timesheet to keep, but they need to have a bit more attention to road conditions. The local farmers are much more circumspect in their driving but these guys on the clock are a bit of a liability.


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