The Chairperson of ICMSA’s Farm and Rural Affairs Committee has asked users of rural roads to exercise patience and awareness as this year’s silage season begins.
Denis Drennan said rural roads will see a massive increase in heavy traffic over the next four weeks as farmers cut, bale and bring in silage.
Mr. Drennan noted that the large numbers of people still using rural roads for walking and cycling exercise in the absence of gyms or sports club training might be taken unaware by the large increase in tractor and trailer volumes.
He also said the use of headphones might result in people being unaware of the proximity of large machinery.
Mr. Drennan asked farmers and contractors engaged in silage work to be extra careful in view of the increased numbers of people cycling or walking on rural roads.
He also asked them to pull in – where possible – and allow any build up of traffic to pass.