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Motorists Asked To Be Considerate Of Farmers

Holiday Motorists Asked To Be Considerate Of Working Farmers

Neil Barton, Federated Farmers National Board member urges the motoring public, as they head out on their Christmas holidays, to be mindful of stock and large slow moving farm machinery on the country's roads.

"Federated Farmers recognises that traffic volumes increase significantly over the Christmas holiday period and that a large number of these drivers are not accustomed to coming across stock or farm machinery on roads, " said Mr Barton. "I also remind farmers of our responsibility to be considerate towards motorists over the holiday season.

"The Christmas period is a busy for farmers with cows needing to be milked every day, hay and silage being made and crop harvesting starting in some regions. This means farmers need to walk stock across roads and move large slow moving machinery along roads.

"Our farmers will do their best to minimise disruption to traffic and warn them with the use of flashing lights. However, motorists also need to be patient and slow down when approaching stock and slow moving vehicles and be mindful of the size of some agricultural vehicles when overtaking.

"Federated Farmers wishes everybody a safe time on our roads over the Christmas break."


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