Tractor drivers

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Galadriel
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Tractor drivers

Post by Galadriel » Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:16 pm

Please can someone clarify if there is any regulations/rules etc governing just how many vehicles can be queued up behind tractors before they'll give way? Someone told me it was 12 vehicles but I have certainly been in longer queues than that! What makes it worse is that I have been in the pub and heard them bragging to mates about who had the longest convoy that day!! I don't know who is worst, the younger ones who know you're behind them and who won't pull to the side even though there's loads of traffic behind or the older drivers who don't even realise you're there! Ok I am quite aware that tractor drivers have a job to do like anyone else but they certainly don't endear themselves to other road users. I have no particular issue with them especially at this time of the year when they're harvesting but perhaps a little more consideration for those who may be trying to get to visit someone in hospital or even just to get home would be appreciated.What do others think?

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Post by plook » Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:31 pm

The farmers where I live are Ok they pull in to let you pass. If there isnt a law that prevents slow vehicles creating a back up then there should be , say after five vehicles then the slow vehicle should pull in at the first safe opertunity. This should include all slow vehicles without a police escort with an exemption of boy racers
who may take the time to contemplate the futility of their large exhausts.

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Post by plook » Mon Aug 07, 2006 6:50 pm

Section 145 of the HIghway Code States:

145: Do not hold up a long queue of traffic, especially if you are driving a large or slow moving vehicle. Check your mirrors frequently, and if necessary, pull in where it is safe and let traffic pass.

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Post by Galadriel » Mon Aug 07, 2006 10:49 pm

Thanks for that Plook - now all I have to do is get that message across to the tractor drivers whom I am trying to pass - any ideas? Funny that we haven't had any replies yet from tractor drivers - I wonder why that is?!!!!!

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Post by plook » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:49 am

Advice from the NFU
NFU Leaflett
www.cumbriahighways.co.uk/documents/NFU.pdf -

National Farmer’s Union
MISCELLANEOUS
4. Slow Moving Agricultural Vehicles

Slow moving vehicles particularly on main roads can cause long
tailbacks and hold-ups for drivers. This leads to frustration and risks being taken in overtaking so that accidents are an inevitable result.

Drivers of slow moving vehicles should whenever possible avoid
travelling at peak commuter hours (7.30 - 9.30 and 16.30 - 18.00)
on main traffic sensitive routes.

They should always make themselves aware of tailbacks they are
causing and when appropriate and convenient to do so, should pull
in to allow any tailbacks to clear.

This does not apply to vehicles only crossing the above roads.


There is also a web site that advises farmers on prosecution under the road traffic act:

www.agricultural-vehicles.co.uk

Any vehicle that is causing a hold up of other vehicles may be being 'Driven without consideration for other road users'.
A subjective assessment of the circumstances is required and I suggest that the vehicle(s), that are being held up, must be capable of travelling significantly faster whilst remaining safe and within the law. It is necessary to show that the driver of the slow vehicle could have pulled over safely and practicably.

In a situation where the slow moving vehicle had no means of safely and practicably pulling over and letting the following vehicle(s) pass there may not be any option but to continue with the journey and pull over when the next opportunity to safely and practicably pull over arises.

I've heard suggestions that it is the number of vehicles being held up that marks the point where an offence is being committed. In my view the number of vehicles is not so relevant as the opportunities to pull over.

A driver of a slow moving vehicle could commit this offence when holding up only one faster moving vehicle but of course the number of held up vehicles serves to aggravate any offence. Also a slow moving vehicle could be holding up a large number of vehicles but without the opportunities to safely and practicably pull over any evidence of this offence is weakened.

Sometimes on a road where there are lots of opportunities to pull over it would clearly be impractical to constantly pull over on and off the road at every opportunity.

Choosing to drive a slow moving vehicle at a very busy time of day on a road with few options to pull over could also be a situation where this offence is committed.

The enforcers of the Act are the police.



© Agricultural Vehicles 2005 www.agricultural-vehicles.co.uk

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Post by Galadriel » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:39 pm

My knight in shining armour - thanks plook, I will print off the info and hopefully use it to my advantage!

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Post by Paul B » Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:56 pm

....Chill..... In this area we live in a rural environment. Slow moving vehicles are part of the normal day to day running of the area.
I cope with it by leaving home much earlier than normal....say an hour or two. Play chill out music in the car....end up at another destination to where I had planned but alas...I am somewhere. Head for home and expect to arrive two or three hours later than normal. But it's great I love it..... Goodnight.......

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Post by plook » Fri Aug 11, 2006 9:57 am

Do you drive a tractor???

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Post by Paul B » Fri Aug 11, 2006 8:26 pm

Do I drive a tractor? you ask. To be honest I really don't know.

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Post by Galadriel » Sun Aug 13, 2006 12:09 am

Am quite well aware that this is a rural area, I happen to be born and bred around here and I can chill with the best of them but I don't see why I should have to leave home an hour or two before just for the sake of some slow coach tractor driver or one that wants to make himself a 'convoy'!

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