FARM VEHICLE legislation will be the focus of six half day workshops being held this summer by NFU Scotland, in conjunction with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and Police Scotland.

Scottish farmers and crofters are being encouraged to join the events, in Newbridge, Laurencekirk, and Ayrshire, which will help them ensure that their agricultural vehicles are fit for purpose. Family members and employees are also welcome to join.

The events will cover licensing regulations, loaders, forks and other projections, load security, weights, coupling, brakes, lighting and markings, tyres, and general vehicle maintenance and road behaviours.

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The workshops will be held on Wednesday June 8 in Newbridge, Tuesday June 21 in Laurencekirk, and Tuesday July 5 in Cumnock, with two sessions running each day, 9am til midday and 1pm til 4pm.

NFUS transport advisor Jamie Smart, said: “Farmers have to share public roads with other users, and it is important that they keep themselves up to date with the legislation. Ignorance is no defence in the eyes of the law.

"These events, run in conjunction with DVSA and Police Scotland, allow farmers to learn what they can and cannot do from those who enforce the rules. The events are run as practical workshops and will give those who attend a chance to ask questions as well as observe what is expected of them. A few hours spent at one of these events may just save you from fines, points, or even the loss of your licence.”

Union members can register for these events free of charge at or by calling 0131 472 4000. A charge of £50 + vat will be made to all non-members.