Agricultural implement with bald tyres - L'escargot
I recently followed for several miles an ancient two-wheeled agricultural implement that was being towed at 60 to 70 mph by a 4x4 thingy. The LH tyre of the implement was completely devoid of tread and it had a 25mm wide strip all the way round that was showing the canvas. Don't agricultural implements that are towed on the road have to abide by the same rules as other vehicles?
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Agricultural implement with bald tyres - PW
Farmer in village I used to live in got pulled for having bald tyres on his tractor- so guess that would be a yes.

Police didn't spot that the front registration plate on his van didn't quite match the rear one though.
Agricultural implement with bald tyres - defender
it would depend very much on size/weight ,whether it needed brakes etc also if it was solid filled or pneumatic could be a deciding factor
Agricultural implement with bald tyres - defender
ag implement probably should be towed a bit slower than 60 mph though
Agricultural implement with bald tyres - Hamsafar
If they're 1/4 of a mile or less from a permanent site (farm) they don't have to be road legal.
Agricultural implement with bald tyres - Harmattan
Hang on, I think you will find that any agricultural equipment being towed by anything other than a registered farm vehicle on the road becomes a different entity in the eyes of the law. There are set rules for agricultural vehicles but a "4x4 thingy" doesn't sound much like a tractor, particularly since even the JCB tractors don't reach 60 to 70 mph, and whatever the implement is will presumably fall into regulations governing towing and trailers in general.
Agricultural implement with bald tyres - Cliff Pope
There is no such thing as a registered farm vehicle. There is a taxation category "agricultural machine", but that basically means a tractor.


www.agricultural-vehicles.co.uk/Questions.htm#Q14

might supply the answer.

One irrelevant but interesting fact I unearthed is:

"Where the towing vehicle is an agricultural machine, a plate fixed on the trailer may, instead of displaying the registration mark of the towing vehicle, display the mark of any other agricultural machine kept by the keeper of the towing vehicle. "
Agricultural implement with bald tyres - Harmattan
That is what I was referring to in that the farm vehicle has to be registered with the DVLA for use over any distance on the road and to fall within the much-abused agricultural machine category. The classification can include certain quads, materials handlers, combine harvesters, self-propelled beet harvesters and even Land Rovers in some circumstances, among other things.

Anyone who is really interested in the subject could check with their local NFU office. The National Farmers' Union publishes leaflets on the rules affecting farm vehicles and probably still has a head office official, part of whose job is to keep abreast of legislation affecting farm transport and keep NFU members informed.
Agricultural implement with bald tyres - Dwight Van Driver
As far as tyre tread, cuts, cord exposed etc is concerned an
[A]agricultural motor vehicle, viz

" one that is constructed or adpated for use off road for the purpose of agriculture, horticulture or forestry and which is primarily used for one or more of those purposes not being a dual purpose vehicle"

and an [B] agricultural trailer, viz:

"a trailer that is constructed or adapted for the purpose of agriculture, horticulture or forestry and which is used only for one or more of those purposes, not being an agricultural trailed appliance"

are exempt for the requirement when used on a road.

[A] while driven at under 20 mph

[B] totally

Reg 27 Con and Use Regs 1986.


Of note whilst a tractor is a motor vehiucle as far as Registration with DVLA is concerned if used on a road and has to be, provided it is used only for agriculture, horticulture or forestry, used only on public roads passing between differne t areas of land occupied by the same person and distanec does not exceed more than 1.5 kilometres, then it is exempt from duty.

Sched 2 VERA 1994

dvd
Agricultural implement with bald tyres - Dwight Van Driver
How remiss of me;

"agricultural trailed appliance" is similar as the name suggests, to the above in that it has total exemption provided mgw does not twice exceed the ulw if made before 1.1.85.

dvd
Agricultural implement with bald tyres - defender
Of note whilst a tractor is a motor vehiucle as far as Registration with DVLA is concerned if used on a road and has to be, provided it is used only for agriculture, horticulture or forestry, used only on public roads passing between differne t areas of land occupied by the same person and distanec does not exceed more than 1.5 kilometres, then it is exempt from duty.

Sched 2 VERA 1994
dvd,actually what you refer to here about the 1.5km limit is a taxation class called limited use ,a tractor on the road is limited to 15 miles goods outwards and unlimited distance goods inwards(might be taxed as an agricultural machine)one of your fellow officers is trying to standardise ag regulations
info here www.agricultural-vehicles.co.uk/Questions.htm#Q16
the grampian police checks mentioned were general vehicle checks as well as would you believe checking cattle passports ,there are more severe checks kept on livestock movement than any terrorists but why it has to be done at the roadside is beyond reason when it causes delay to other motorists
Agricultural implement with bald tyres - Harmattan
'Of note whilst a tractor is a motor vehiucle as far as Registration with DVLA is concerned if used on a road and has to be, provided it is used only for agriculture, horticulture or forestry, used only on public roads passing between differne t areas of land occupied by the same person and distanec does not exceed more than 1.5 kilometres, then it is exempt from duty.'

And Grampian constabulary often used to have great fun three or four years ago positioning a roadside check just over 1.5 kilometres from the regional cattle markets just to check tractors pulling horseboxes and sheep trailers on their way home. Probably still do...

We still don't know what this trailed agricultural implement was or its width which opens up another kettle of fish. But what about those wheeled generators that are sometimes seen being towed off building sites? Does anything govern those?
 

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