Agricultural Farm Tractor Training

Agricultural Tractor driving training courses are delivered to give the candidate the knowledge & practical skill to achieve certificates of competence by assessment by bodies such as NPTC City & Guilds.

new nptc city-guilds logo£325.00 + vat per person duration 2-3 days training + 1 day for assessment 

Awarded certificates of competence are widely recognised by both sector employers and the health & safety executive.

Tuition-related to operating a Tractor including driving skills & PTO implement use.

The content of the course

• Identify and comply with manufacturers instructions in accordance with the operator’s handbook and applicable legislation.

• Carry out all pre-use and running checks.

• Prepare the tractor for site and road travel.

• Attach trailed and mounted implements to the tractor.

• Travel over different types of terrain including undulating ground with trailed and mounted implements.

• Travel up and down substantial inclines with and without mounted and trailed implements.

• Manoeuvre in confined areas using forward and reverse direction, with and without mounted and trailed implements.

• Identify precautions and actions for underground and overhead services and other hazards.

• Operating PTO driven implements.


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Tractor and trailer regulations

As you may be aware, there were changes made to the speed and weight limits of agricultural tractors

(category T tractors) and agricultural trailers, which came into force on 9 March 2015.

The regulations implementing this – along with an explanatory memorandum which details the changes

can be found here.


Some tractors are restricted to travelling at 40km/h on roads due to their construction standards

(brakes, tyres, suspension etc).



There are certain tractors which, because they meet a higher technical specification

(including a higher standard of braking systems)are permitted to travel at 40mph (where roads allow).

The relevant standards for these are set out in the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Reg 1986 (as amended).


We understand that the majority of tractors do not meet the higher set of standards and are therefore restricted to 40km/h

(approximately 25mph).


There are also some tractors, which due to their width, are still restricted to travelling at 20mph.


There were also some changes to the speed at which certain trailers can travel at, which is again related to their construction standards.

Agricultural trailers can travel at up to 40km/h. However, the limit at which an agricultural trailed appliance can be towed is still 20mph

due to their construction standards. This means that a tractor towing an agricultural trailed appliance must travel at 20mph.


Furthermore, tractors which, due to their width, fall outside of the scope of the construction and use regulations are permitted

to travel on roads however they have further restrictions placed on them. These are set out in the Road Vehicles

(Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003 and include:


  • Width – between 2.55m and 3m: speed must not exceed 20mph
  • Width – between 3m and 3.5m: maximum speed 20mph as above,
  • plus if the journey is over 5 miles or the speed limit in the road is 40mph or lower, (or both),
  • The operator must notify the Police in advance of the journey
  • Width - between 3.5m and 4.3m: the Police must be notified, the maximum speed is limited to 12 mph
  • The vehicle(s) must be accompanied by an attendant, who may ride in a different vehicle
  • but must ensure no danger is caused to the vehicle or other road users.


In all cases, the police, after notification may place restrictions on the use of the vehicle in the interests of road safety

or to avoid undue traffic congestion. Upon request, the Police may dispense with the need for notification,

if for example there are expected to be a large number of repetitive journeys over short distances,

and instead issue a blanket permission covering a specified period of time.


The full legislation can be found here. This was not amended with the recent changes.


In addition, from 9 March 2015, the combined weight limit for an agricultural tractor and an agricultural trailer

was increased to 31t. The trailer weight limit of 18.29t remains in place. For other combinations, there is a limit of 24.39t.