A tractor drives along a road© Tim Scrivener

The wrong number plates. A brake light that thinks it’s an indicator. A towing eye that should have been replaced last year.

These will be familiar faults to farmers running older road going farm machinery, while that wet weather workshop day to fix all these niggling issues, continually gets shoved down the pecking order.

We spoke to Dan Cox at Avon and Somerset Constabulary, who lifted the lid on the most common type of offences he and his colleagues have seen over the 2017 harvest, with majority of them leading to a fixed penalty prosecution.

See also: 10 tips to keep your Ifor Williams trailer road legal

Here are the top 10 most common culprits:

1. Insecure loads

A trailer with an insecure load

It’s common to see bales scattered around the roads of Avon and Somerset due to the farmer requiring that extra strap.

2. Lights

Broken lights on a trailer

Tractor and trailer lights not working, or a lighting board that is smaller than the implements width – lights must define the width of the vehicle.

A vehicle with no light board

© Avon and Somerset Constabulary

3. Brakes

Hydraulic hoses

Trailer brakes not connected and cracked hydraulic hoses.

4. Handbrakes    

A bent handbrake

Trailer handbrakes seized or not connected.

5. Number plates    

A damaged number plate

Number plates cracked or not visible.

6. Beacons    

A beacon light on a tractor

Flashing beacons obscured by a large load.

7. Covered lights

A tractor tows a trailer on the road

© Tim Scrivener

Implement covering lights on tractor with no marker board.

8. Hitches

A worn towing eye

Badly worn hitches.

9. Tyres

A worn trailer tyre

© Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Tyres in poor condition with wire, bulges or uneven wear visible.

A badly worn tyre

10. High speeds

A trailer

Tractors being used for high-speed work over 25mph (40kph). Trailer and tractor must be suitable spec to cope with excess speed road work.