The RSA said the measure would not apply to fast tractors used exclusively for “agricultural purposes”. The Irish Farmers Journal understands this to include movement by road of tractors with cultivation equipment, sprayers, feeding equipment, etc.

The RSA said the rules were being introduced as a result of a 2014 EU directive. Member states must publish the necessary legislation by 20 May 2017 and put it into effect from 20 May 2018. The RSA is proposing that testing of tractors will be accommodated within the existing CVRT test regime.