Project: Agricultural Vehicles: Influencing Safety Through Accident Data Provision

Reference: S060A/VE

Last update: 05/12/2003 08:47:00


The contractor was tasked by the Department of Transport (DOT) to obtain a measure of road accidents involving agricultural vehicles and to develop a policy direction on vehicle standards based on actual data.


The work was considered necessary because agricultural vehicles are a new responsibility for the DOT and account for 600 - 800 casualty accidents per year. This accident level justified a detailed examination in terms of accident and casualty prevention with contributory factors from both driver and vehicle. The prevention of agricultural vehicle accidents would be expected to reduce casualties and congestion and to increase agricultural productivity, often at a time of intense harvesting activity. The project investigated the options for the availability of data to be incorporated into a database which could be queried. It soon became clear that data and information would need to be obtained from a variety of sources to complete the project. A search for work from other research showed no comparable study of agricultural vehicles on which to base any data collation and analysis.


Stockleigh Mill Farm, Crediton, Devon, EX17 4AR
+44 (0)1363 866353 (Phone/Fax)

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £46,800.00

Actual start date: 01 April 1996

Actual completion date: 31 January 1997


Tractor Accidents on Rural Roads. Agricultural Vehicles: Influencing Safety Through Accident Data Provision
Author: AGMED Study Centre
Publication date: 31/01/1997
ISBN: 1 897897 10 3
Source: Published by Greystone Publishing (01363 774342) or contact

Summary of results

  1. Agricultural vehicles are a particular hazard to other vehicles on rural roads. The combination of tractors with implements and trailers of various sizes, weights and uses means that agricultural vehicles do not have a typical appearance and profile. Consideration of the specific safety design of agricultural vehicles on the roads, under modern tractor speeds and rural road conditions would lead to limitations on at risk tractor and trailer combinations and improvements in road going standards.