Brakes put on tractor tests by Minister

Deputy Sean Canney: A welcome move.
Deputy Sean Canney: A welcome move.

THE decision by Transport Minister, Shane Ross, to revoke the Statutory Instrument (SI) introduced earlier this year on tractor testing, has been welcomed by local public representatives and the IFA.

The reason for the introduction of the SI, according to the Dept. of Transport, was to comply with an EU directive ordering road worthiness testing for all tractors with a speed capacity in excess of 40km/h.

Since its introduction, IFA representatives and rural TDs, have campaigned strongly for a revoking of the legal regulation as it applied to tractors used for farming, forestry and fishing activities.

Galway East TD, Seán Canney, told the Farming Tribune, that the Dept. of Transport would now introduce a new set of regulations that would take into account the concerns of farming groups while at the same time meeting Ireland’s EU obligations.

“I am pleased that this decision has been made as it recognises the unintended negative effects the previous regulations had on the farming, fishing and forestry Industries. This will allow for full meaningful engagement with the farming community,” said Deputy Canney.

IFA President Joe Healy also warmly welcomed the move last week by the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to formally revoke the Statutory Instrument on tractor testing.

Earlier this month, IFA met with the Department who accepted that an earlier commitment to consultation had not been honoured and assured the IFA delegation that full discussions would now take place on all aspects of the issue, said Joe Healy.

“It is very positive to see this SI taken off the Statute books. The consultation process promised to IFA will now take place in full with all aspects on the table.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.