Farmers welcome vehicle rule changes
Thu, 09 Aug 2012 5:27a.m.
Farmers are welcoming changes to the rules covering agricultural vehicles and say they will save the industry $51 million a year.
Farm vehicles operating below 40km/h won't need warrants of fitness and farmers who hold car licences will be able to drive a wider range of agricultural vehicles, the Government said on Wednesday.
Federated Farmers says they are commonsense measures.
"These changes will make compliance on agricultural vehicles straightforward and easy to understand," the federation's transport spokesman Ian Mackenzie said.
Associate Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the rule changes will come into force during the first half of next year.
There are 40,000 registered farm vehicles in New Zealand.
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9/08/2012 2:14:57 p.m.
The farmers don't obey the current rules, look at the number of on farm quad bike fatalities. Farmers have and always will take shortcuts regardless of laws. Anyone with a car licence driving a tractor is asking for trouble, just means farmers don't have to pay for experienced drivers.
9/08/2012 11:30:07 a.m.
And will the farmer's insurance company pay out on a non WOF tractor if it runs into my car on the road?
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