Oct 182017

Speaking following the RSA forum on an NCT for “Fast Tractors”, ICMSA’s John Comer described as “completely absurd” the decision to implement new laws forcing tractors with a capacity greater or equal to 40kph to have an NCT where they travel distances of 25 kilometers or more carrying items such as bales.

The ICMSA President said that this appears to be another ‘solo run’ by Minister Ross where stakeholders are presented with a decision as a fait accompli, without any consultation or opportunity to amend or contribute. Mr. Comer said it seems to be another arbitrary cost to farmers and agricultural contractors along with the hassle and administration burden involved. That this appears to be a cut-and-paste of UK legislation – which they decided not to proceed with in that jurisdiction -tells you everything you need to know, he noted. The ICMSA President concluded by saying that in the interests of a workable distinction, Minister Ross must clarify the definition of ‘commercial road haulage’ as referred to SI 413 of 2017.

Ends      18 October 2017.

John Comer, 087-2057846

President, ICMSA.


Cathal MacCarthy, 087-6168758

ICMSA Press Office