Transporting improperly marked and lit farm equipment at night presents a significant road safety hazard. Recent studies show low visibility is responsible for a significant number of collisions between farm equipment and motor vehicles during the day.
Reducing the risk of collisions is not only up to the farm equipment operator. Motorists need to be observant and alert to slow-moving farm equipment on roadways, especially in the early morning and evening when most equipment is being moved.
Equipment operators and owners are responsible for ensuring that existing and new equipment meet the requirements. They are also responsible for maintaining lighting and marking equipment on existing and new implements to ensure they continue to meet the requirements. Your dealership or lighting supplier can help you get the lighting and marking equipment you need to comply with the regulation.
When purchasing equipment from a dealership, ensure it is adequately marked or lit before moving. It's important to be as visible as possible, and to be recognized by other drivers for the size and position of your equipment on a road.
Both new and existing equipment is affected. However, the Lighting and Marking of Agricultural Equipment on Highways Regulation treats each differently.
Existing equipment: is agricultural equipment manufactured before January 1, 1998. Existing equipment:Click here to see more...