Tractor drivers are required to have their tyres in roadworthy conditions at all times, according to the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

Last week, the Minister for Transport, Pascal Donohoe announced a new Fixed Charge Notice offence for motorists who drive with defective or worn tyres.

Following the announcement, farmers caught with defective or worn tyres on their tractor could face an €80 fine and two penalty points.

If the case is brought to court, farmers could face the possibility of receiving four penalty points under the legislation which was introduced on April 17.

Are your tractor tyres roadworthy?
  • Tyres are correctly inflated.
  • Tyres have the correct tread depth.
  • Tyres are free from defects including; sidewall tear, sidewall cut, bulges, exposed plies and penetration damage.
  • All wheel nuts are in place, correctly fitted and secure.

The RSA also states that it is important to be aware that the tyres on a vehicle are the only part of the vehicle in contact with the road.

And, it is the drivers responsibility to ensure that their vehicle meets legal requirements and is in a roadworthy condition at all times.

If you drive a vehicle with damaged or worn tyres you are putting your own life and the life of others at risk, it states.

Dangers of driving with substandard or incorrect tyres include; reduced road handling, increased braking distances and blow outs.