| Rural News |
The Ministry of Transport is looking at plans to increase the speed limit on tractors in 100 kilometre zones from 30 to 40 kilometres an hour.
That’s one of a number of proposals it’s considering to boost farm vehicle safety.
A ministerial review found that 85 per cent of accidents involving farm vehicles were caused by the difference in speeds between them and other vehicles.
It’s also recommending amber beacons become mandatory for all road-travelling farm vehicles.
Transport minister Gerry Brownlee says safety on rural roads is a major concern, but it’s important the proposals don’t impact too heavily on farmers.