Fine Gael Press Office
Brendan Griffin TD
Tuesday, 18th February 2014
Agricultural fodder haulage vehicles exempt from height restrictions – Griffin
Fine Gael Deputy for Kerry South, Brendan Griffin, has today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD, that agricultural fodder haulage vehicles will be exempt from the maximum vehicle height limit of 4.65 metres. The limit which came into force on 31st October 2013, after a five year derogation for vehicles registered, licensed or in use prior to 1 November 2008, will now not apply to vehicles transporting straw and hay.
“Today in the Dáil I questioned Minister Varadkar in relation to maximum vehicle height limits and how they apply to the transport of agricultural fodder.
“I welcome the decision taken by the Minister that vehicles transporting straw and hay will now be exempt from the maximum height limits introduced by the previous Government in 2008.
“Many farmers in my constituency were concerned at the potential for cost increases in the transportation of fodder as a result of the 2008 regulations, which set the maximum vehicle height limit at 4.65 metres.
“Thankfully Minister Varadkar, after consultations with Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD, has taken a decision which will support the farming community by allowing an exemption for vehicles transporting straw and hay. This will go a long way towards keeping the costs of transporting fodder down and supporting farmers nationwide.”