Gardai in the Tipperary Traffic Corp have seized a tractor which was driving on three wheels, with the fourth tyre tied to the back of a service trailer it was towing.
The Gardai tweeted photos of the seized tractor on the Garda Traffic Twitter page.
The pictures show the ‘three-wheeler’ with the fourth tyre tied behind the service trailer.
'Time to retyre' – Tipp Traffic Corp seized this tractor driving on 3 wheels & 4th wheel tied to rear. Driver was 'wheely wheely sorry' pic.twitter.com/WlMibLG6QD
— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 21, 2017
The Gardai tweeted that the driver was ‘wheely wheely sorry’.
Last week, a tractor was stopped by Gardai in Co. Waterford, due to no straps or chains being used to secure the load.
The tractor driver is set to be prosecuted for towing a low-loader carrying a dumper and excavator which weren’t secured properly, according to the Gardai.
Unsecured or improperly secured loads pose a serious safety risk and should always be secured so that they cannot move or fall from the vehicle, according to the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
Waterford Traffic: Gardaí intercepted this tractor
carrying a load with no straps, completely insecure. Prosecution to follow. pic.twitter.com/O3N0YXPYWz
— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 16, 2017
The RSA insists that all loads must be secured even if the vehicle is only travelling a short distance or at low speeds.
The RSA has said that a load shall not be carried on a vehicle on a public road in such a manner that part of the load is liable to fall on the road.
A load must not drag on the surface of the road, so as to cause damage to the road or to be liable to cause danger, it also advises.