Laois otorists are being advised to maintain extra vigilance when travelling on rural roads as the silage season begins in earnest
Rural roads users in Laois are being urged to exercise patience and awareness as this year’s silage season begins by the Chair of Laois ICMSA.
Donald Scully said that rural roads will see a massive increase in heavy traffic over the next four weeks as farmers cut, bale and bring in silage. He noted that the large numbers of people still using rural roads for walking and cycling exercise in the absence of gyms or sports club training might be taken unaware by the large increase in tractor and trailer volumes.
The Ballyhyland farmer expressed specific concern that the use of headphones misleads people about the proximity of large machinery.
Mr Scully asked farmers and contractors engaged in silage work to be extra careful this year in view of the increased numbers of people cycling or walking on rural roads. He also asked them to pull in – where possible – and allow any build-up of traffic to pass.
He said it was incumbent upon everyone to take the extra care required to get through what is an incredibly busy period safely and without incident. That would require people who were visitors to rural areas to be cognisant of the work going on and for all parties to facilitate that in a safe manner.