The IFA and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have urged road users to take extra care as the number of tractors, trailers and other farm machinery using the roads increases.
The appeal comes as many farmers around the country are gearing up for a second cut of silage. The grain harvest has also begun, with the first of the winter barley being cut. Over 2.2 million tonnes of grain, oilseeds and protein crops and approximately 1.5 million tonnes of straw will be moving off the fields and into stores and yards over the next 3 months.
Advising road users, Mr. Noel Brett, CEO, Road Safety Authority, said “This is a very busy time of year for farmers, with silage cutting and grain harvesting underway. The number of tractors and trailers out using the roads will increase dramatically. As a result the risk of a collision involving a road user and farm machinery has increased.
“As such I am asking all drivers to be on the lookout for tractors, trailers and other farm machinery exiting from fields and farm yards. If you are travelling behind farm machinery, please be patient and only over take when it’s safe to do so,” he stated.