Tractor weight and speed limits increased

Posted at October 18, 2014 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | Comments Off on Tractor weight and speed limits increased

Regulation to allow higher tractor speeds and heavier tractor and trailer combinations on Britain’s roads will come into force from Spring 2015, the Government has announced.

Under the changes, the maximum combination weight limit for tractors and trailers will increase from 24.39 tonnes to 31 tonnes, while the speed limit will increase to 25mph (40km/h), up from 20mph.

The increase in combined weight means bigger tractors will be able to pull trailers without sacrificing cargo to meet the top weight limit of both tractor and trailer.

A second phase of changes are planned, involving consideration of further increases in weight and speed limits and a roadworthiness test for some agricultural tractors and trailers, by summer 2016.

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