The Milleproroghe 2022 decree has once again postponed the deadlines for the mandatory inspection of agricultural machinery. As stated in Article 5-ter of the provision published in the Official Gazette on 28 February, these are the new deadlines: For vehicles registered on 31 December 1983, the test must be completed by 31 December 2022; Whereas, for vehicles registered from 1 January 1984 to 31 December 1996, the date is 31 December 2023; for vehicles registered from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2019, the verification is scheduled for 31 December 2024; for vehicles registered after 1 January 2020, the check must be carried out within the fifth year following the end of the month of first registration. This is the latest in a series of expansions because the first decree of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, which prescribes overhaul of agricultural machinery, was dated 20 May 2015 and then published in the Official Gazette the following 30 June.
Why this situation?
For the agricultural world, from a point of view, the measure is positive because it extends the previously set deadlines, which brought the dates a year and a half earlier. And for vehicles registered per. By 31 December 1983, set at 30 June 2021, the deadlines had already expired.
Why did this situation arise? The general principles of the law exist, but there are some implementing decrees that allow it to be fully operational. At present, in fact, as for cars or commercial vehicles, centers approved for carrying out inspections have not yet been identified. The operation can only be performed by it “institutional” of civilian motorization. And as there are millions of agricultural machinery to be tested in Italy, there are significant difficulties for companies in the sector in complying with the obligation within the specified times.
In addition, some technical rules are missing, such as the methods of performing inspections and the required minimum requirements. And therefore testing becomes impossible, also because agricultural machinery has very different structural properties. The obligation actually relates to wheeled tractors, but also tracked tractors, self-propelled agricultural machinery with two or more axles; agricultural trailers with a total mass at full load greater than or less than 1.5 tonnes, but only if the total dimensions exceed four meters in length and two meters in width: operate machines such as snow plows, sand spreaders, wagons.
For vehicles that have not been updated with the audit, the Motorway Act provides for sanctions: administrative sanctions from 85 to 338 euros and then revocation of the vehicle registration certificate or the certificate of technical suitability of the vehicle until the test is performed. But at present, in the absence of a reference framework, the same have been suspended. It appears that they would only have applied, with dispatch for control, in cases where the farmer, who was stopped by the police, continued on public roads with obvious problems with the means used.
What does CIA Cuneo say?
What does Cia Cuneo say about that? The answer is Silvio Chionetti: deputy director and head of the association’s provincial technical area. Points out:
“Thanks to the incentives from Agriculture 4.0 and the calls from the Rural Development Program, many agricultural machines have been replaced in recent years. But there are still some older people who actually need a check on their functionality. Safety at work in agriculture has always been one of Our strengths, and we continue to argue that it is important to implement all the necessary initiatives to ensure this. the farmer can not be asked to travel tens of kilometers to reach the checkpoint.And then you need to understand how audits are performed: for example, a tractor on wheels is very different from a tracked tractor.The question is complicated, but a solution must be found quickly to provide concrete answers to the agricultural world that has been waiting for far too many years’.