The need for tractor speed


Speed and weight limits for tractors have increased today (March 9) in a move welcomed by the farming community.

Transport Minister, Claire Perry, said: “These changes will allow tractors to carry more produce per journey, meaning less traffic on our roads and almost £60 million savings for the hard-working farming community each year.

“Farms are the life-blood of rural communities and helping them is part of the Government’s long-term economic plan to improve the lives of people up and down the country.”

Under the changes, the maximum combination weight limit for tractors and trailers has increased from 24.39 tonnes to 31 tonnes along with a rise in the speed limit for tractors to 40km/h (approximately 25mph), up from 20mph.

These changes, claims the Government, will allow farmers to more appropriately size their tractor to their trailer and maximise the amount of produce transported in each journey.