The chairman of Tipperary ICMSA, Seamus Troy, has welcomed the confirmation given by Minister Varadkar that a derogation is to be allowed from the 4.65 meter vehicle height restriction for the haulage of hay and straw.
Mr Troy said the specialist dairy farmers’ organisation has been pursuing this issue with Minister Varadkar for some time and were delighted that he has agreed to this derogation.
ICMSA had always felt that the 4.65 metres limit would have pointlessly increased costs considerably for farmers in the transportation of straw, hay and haylage across the country and also created logistical and financial difficulties for the importation of forages.
The Thurles farmer said that the Minister’s decision was “precisely the kind of practical and rational response from Government that we need more of. Minister Varadker deserves recognition for his sensible and speedy response to the problem once it was highlighted. He should follow this up by ensuring that the statutory instrument is signed into law as soon as possible,” said Mr Troy.