NFU SCOTLAND members will have the opportunity to learn about keeping their agricultural vehicles fit for purpose and road legal as part of two workshops coming to St Boswells on Friday, May 17 and Cupar on Thursday, May 30.

Organised in partnership with the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and Police Scotland, the workshops will cover various topics including weights, loads, licensing, types and general maintenance.

The St Boswells workshop will be held at Ploughlands Farm in Maxton while the Cupar workshop is at Balbirnie Farm, Freuchie.

Both events will consist of two half day workshops and attendees can choose to either go on the morning, 9am to 12pm, or afternoon session, 1pm to 4pm, with lunch provided in between. The event is free for NFU Scotland members and is £50 for non-members, by contact NFU Scotland on 01314724000.

As well as looking at road legality, representatives from The Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) will also be in attendance and focus on crime prevention.

NFUS transport advisor and legal and technical chairman, Jamie Smart, said: “It is important that farmers and crofters are up to date and aware of all the legislation surrounding agricultural vehicles, especially their use on the roads.”

“These workshops are an excellent way for members, and non-members, to fully update themselves on the rules and regulations for agricultural vehicles on and around the roads, and I would highly recommend anyone with questions or queries to attend.

“Transport is absolutely vital to farmers and crofters in Scotland and it is important that they are kept fully informed on any and all changes to related legislation. These workshops are the perfect opportunity to do so.”