The National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland is urging farmers and crofters to apply to Police Scotland now for an agricultural dispensation for wide vehicle movements ahead of harvest.

The scheme, which NFU Scotland agreed with Police Scotland following extensive discussions, means that members with wide vehicles can apply for a dispensation to avoid having to notify police for each individual movement.

Abnormal load dispensations are required if a vehicle and implement is over 3m in width and/or projects more than 4m.

Farmers and contractors should check the dimensions of their vehicles and implement, and any vehicle which exceeds these dimensions or may exceed them with an implement attached should be included on the dispensation.

Farmers or contractors wanting to use this scheme can obtain an application form from Police Scotland, or members can get it from NFU Scotland by logging into the member’s section of the union’s website and using the form enclosed in the business guide

On receipt of this form, if deemed appropriate for a dispensation, Police Scotland will issue a dispensation letter.

Recipients should check the details of the dispensation and carry the letter in all vehicles covered by it.

NFU Scotland members looking for more information in relation to wide vehicle movement requirements can seek advice from the free NFU Scotland helpline for transport and vehicles.

NFU Scotland transport advisor, Jamie Smart, who runs NFU Scotland’s transport and vehicles helpline said:

“It is important that farmers wishing to move vehicles or implements over 3m combined width, or with a front or rear overhang exceeding 4m, must obtain a dispensation from Police Scotland.

“It is recommended that farmers requiring a dispensation or looking to renew or amend their existing dispensation notices, apply in plenty of time.

“A copy of the dispensation document should be carried in vehicles pertaining to it and produced in the event Police Scotland stop the vehicle.

"We once again thank Police Scotland for their continued support of this scheme, which NFU Scotland successfully pushed to have introduced.”