Agricultural Vehicle Workshop to be Held in Caithness This Month

NFU Scotland is hosting two workshops in Caithness later this month to inform and educate members about keeping their agricultural vehicles fit for purpose and road legal.

The event, the latest in a series being held by the union in conjunction with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and Police Scotland, inform farmers of the rules and regulations for using the road with agricultural vehicles.

Hosted at Aberdeen and Northern Marts, Quoybrae, Watten, Caithness, on Wednesday 30 August, this latest event will cover a range of topics, including: licensing regulations; loaders, forks and other projections; load security; weights; coupling; brakes; lighting and marking; tyres; general vehicle maintenance and road behaviours.

With legislation constantly changing, the workshops are the ideal opportunity for farmers and crofters and their employees to gain up-to-date knowledge on any rules changes that could affect them. The event also provides an excellent opportunity for members to speak directly to NFU Scotland, DVSA and Police Scotland to discuss on a one-to-one basis individual issues.

The two half-day sessions, hosted on 30 August, will take place from 9am to 12pm, and an afternoon session from 1pm to 4pm. The event is free for NFU Scotland members and is £50 for non-members.

The events will be led by Linlithgow farmer Jamie Smart, who chairs NFU Scotland’s Legal and Technical Committee and operates NFU Scotland’s Agricultural Vehicles Helpline.

Martin Birse, NFU Scotland’s Highlands Regional Chairman commented: “Vehicle legislation is complicated and can cause confusion amongst farmers and those that use agricultural vehicles. These workshops, held with Police Scotland and DVSA, are the ideal opportunity for members to hear from the experts, ask questions and find out more information about certain transportation issues that are legally important.

“Not everyone always complies with the law, some unknowingly, and these events will give them the skills and knowledge to comply with the rules.  Transport is important to those working right across our industry and I encourage everyone to come along and participate.”

Notes to Editor

  • The Caithness workshop will take place on Wednesday 30 August at Aberdeen and Northern Marts, Quoybrae, Watten. The sessions will take place as follows, lunch will be served from 12pm to 1pm:
    • Morning session – 9am to 12pm
    • Afternoon session – 1pm to 4pm

To book a place on either the morning or afternoon session call 0131 472 4000 to register. The event is free for NFU Scotland members and is £50 for non-members.


Contact Douglas Ross on 07823 556253

Author: Douglas Ross

Date Published:

News Article No.: 117/17

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