The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association has criticised new, higher fees for the testing of commercial vehicles, which will hit many Leitrim farmers on an annual basis.
The Road Safety Authority increased the cost of the annual test, which is compulsory for all commercial vehicles, from Monday, October 7.
ICSA rural development chairman, John Barron, said the price hike is adding yet another layer to the already sharply increased cost of doing business for farmers.
“Farmers are very dependent on 4WD vehicles in particular for day to day farm work so the vast majority of farmers in Leitrim would have a commercial vehicle in the >3,500kg weight category, the fee for which has been increased by 23.4 per cent to €94.86 – before VAT. That’s a very significant price jump and when you also factor in the ever-increasing price of diesel and the new tax on quad bikes with draw-bars, you’re looking at very serious farm transport costs indeed.”