Call for tractors law to be delayed
Calls were made last night for an exemption to a European regulation which would limit the time farm staff spend in tractors and other machinery to be extended.
NFU Scotland said the whole-body vibration (WBV) rules could have a disproportionate impact on food production as well as imposing huge – and often prohibitive – costs to modify machines to make them comply.
The legislation was imposed on wider industry in 2005, but agriculture and forestry were given a nine-year exemption which ends next July. Fears have been expressed that the rules would, if strictly enforced, impose a 30-minute daily operating limit on farm staff undertaking tasks such as ploughing.
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