Plating and Speed Discs

Introduction of Plating & Speed Marking Requirements for Agricultural Vehicles.

Introduction

From a road safety perspective, and also to protect Ireland’s road and bridge infrastructure, vehicles (including agricultural vehicles) must adhere to specified weights and speed limits.

To aid compliance and effective enforcement of these limits, agricultural vehicles are being required to be appropriately plated and to display a speed disc indicating the maximum design speed for which they have been rated to travel at.

As a result, plating and speed disc requirements are being introduced for agricultural vehicles. These revised standards take effect from 1st January 2016.

Summary of Plating & Speed Marking Requirements Being Introduced for Agricultural Vehicles

A summary of the standards being introduced under each heading is as follows:

Plating

From 1st January 2016, a manufacturer’s plate must be fitted to an agricultural tractor and an authorisation plate to an agricultural trailer.
Retrospective fitment of plates to existing agricultural tractors and trailers will also be required from 1st January 2016 where

(i) agricultural tractors have a maximum design speed exceeding 40 kilometres per hour or are being used to draw tandem or triaxle rigid drawbar agricultural trailers with laden weights exceeding 19 or 22.5 tonnes respectively, and
(ii) agricultural trailers are capable by design of being drawn at a speed exceeding 40 kilometres per hour and/or operating at weights exceeding 19 tonnes (for a tandem axle rigid drawbar trailer) or 22.5 tonnes (for a triaxle rigid drawbar trailer).

The Regulations also provide for the operational arrangements relating to the fitment of authorisation plates by trailer manufacturers and their authorised distributors.

Speed Discs

From 1st January 2016, all new agricultural tractors, self-propelled agricultural machines, agricultural trailers, and interchangeable towed equipment must be fitted with a speed disc indicating their maximum design speed.

From 1 January 2016, all existing agricultural tractors, self-propelled agricultural machines, agricultural trailers and interchangeable towed equipment which are capable by design of either being driven or drawn at a speed exceeding 40 kilometres per hour must also be fitted with a speed disc.

The Regulations also provide for the operational arrangements relating to the fitment of speed discs by manufacturers and their authorised distributors.

Some practical advice, including more details on the operational arrangements relating to the fitment of both plates and speed discs to achieve compliance with the new requirements, is contained on our list of plating and speed disc related “Frequently Asked Questions”.