News : Farm Vehicle Helpline Launched in Scotland
Nov 7, 2013 -- A new helpline has been launched to help farmers with queries surrounding the legal use of agricultural vehicles, both on and off road.
With new transport legislation introduced regularly, the NFU Scotland Agricultural Vehicle helpline allows members to get advice and ask questions on the rules and regulations they must abide to for vehicles, tractors and trailers.
The advice line will be run by Linlithgow farmer Jamie Smart, Legal and Technical Committee representative for Lothian and Borders.
In addition to the dedicated phone number, a new email address to make it even easier for farmers to get advice has also been set up, which Mr Smart will also manage.
Mr Smart said: "Transportation is at the core of farming. We need to haul inputs onto our farms, use vehicles in everyday farming operations and then get our goods to market. This advice line will help our members to negotiate the legislative minefield that surrounds transport.
"That legislative pressure will only build with the likes of Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) legislation being introduced next year and the consultation for raising the weights of tractors and trailers being launched tomorrow (Thursday).
"This advice line will give reassurance to our members that we are here to help and all they need to do is pick up the phone or send me an email and I can help where I can."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Monday, November 11, 2013