Fine Gael Senator for Wexford, Michael D’Arcy, has today welcomed the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar’s announcement that haulage of agricultural fodder, ie. straw and hay, will be exempt from the 4.65 metre vehicle height limit that came into effect in October.
Speaking today, Senator D’Arcy said: “It is a huge relief for the agri-sector that the Government will introduce height limit exemptions for the transportation of fodder. The regulations, signed into law in 2008 but only taking effect now, would have had a negative effect on the cost of transporting this fodder. I’m glad the Minister has listened to the concerns of the agri-sector, and instructed transport officials to draft the exemptions.”
Originally signed in 2008, the law allowed a 5 year period for vehicles exceeding 4.65 metres to be withdrawn or modified. Concerns were raised by the agri-sector last year when the law came into effect about the cost implications for transporting straw and hay. The Minister, after liaising with Minister Coveney, Irish Rail and farming representative bodies, recognised the need to amend the regulations.