Advice for Drivers of Slow Moving Vehicles
All road users have a responsibility for their own safety
and the safety of others.
The risk to drivers of slow moving vehicles and their passengers,
and other road users and their passengers, increases if visibility
is limited or the intentions of the vehicle’s driver are not made
The offence of dangerous driving not only refers to the way a
vehicle is driven, but also to the condition of that vehicle.
In general, agricultural vehicles and trailers are exempt from
lighting regulations when used only during the hours of daylight.
However, this type of vehicle and any trailer must display the
appropriate lights if on the road before sunrise or after sunset.
Failure to comply with this requirement is an offence and could
lead to two years imprisonment and/or a fine, disqualification and
a compulsory re-test.
Some vehicles are required to display flashing amber beacons on
unrestricted dual carriageways, but it is recommended that ALL slow
vehicles have flashing beacons on roads carrying fast
Summary of advice for drivers of slow moving
- Vehicles and trailers must display appropriate lights between
sunset and sunrise.
- Reflectors and lights should be kept clean.
- Showing a white light to the rear is an offence when the
vehicle is travelling forwards.
- Both the owner and the driver (who may be an employee) have
responsibility for the condition of a vehicle and any towed trailer
being driven on the highway.
- Driving a vehicle on the highway that does not comply with the
regulations can lead to a charge of dangerous driving.
- The penalty for dangerous driving can be a maximum of two years