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03 December 2019 06:34

Drogheda Keith Branigan Clogherhead

Irish police stop tractor driven by 12-year-old boy

The child was being accompanied by an eight-year-old and a 15-year-old in the tractor when it was stopped by gardaí at 12.30am in Trim, Co Meath. A post on Meath Crime Prevention Facebook page reads: "Members from Unit C Meath Roads Policing stopped this John Deere tractor at 00.30am this morning in Trim town. Meath Sergeant Ronan Farrelly said there was "a huge sense of relief" among all gardaí involved. "Trim was very busy at that time because of Christmas parties and generally people out and about socialising. "They couldn't believe it when they saw three young boys driving around the town in a tractor.

"It was a bizarre incident but everyone is just relieved that they were intercepted safely before any harm might have happened to them or anyone else by way of an accident. "Investigations are ongoing at the minute." Irish Independent A 12-year-old boy was discovered driving a tractor around a rural road in Ireland in the early hours of the morning. Officers from the Meath Roads Policing unit stopped the John Deere tractor at 12.30am on Sunday (1 December) on the Jonathan Swift Road, in Trim, County Meath. A 15-year-old and an eight-year-old boy were also found in the tractor cab. See also: Tractors on the road: Rights, wrongs, rules and regulations They were taken to Trim Garda Station and their parents were contacted.

The tractor was seized and the incident is under investigation. The incident was shared on Meath Crime Prevention's Facebook page, where it has received more than 600 comments and 245 shares. Young tractor drivers in the UK While young farmers are able to drive on the road as soon as they pass their tractor test at age 16, they can only drive a tractor less than 2.45m wide and tow trailers less than 2.45m wide with two wheels, or four wheels close-coupled, until they reach the age of 17. The tractor test also only enables younger drivers to drive a tractor on the road – they are not able to drive a telehandler or move the combine harvester, as these will exceed the 3.5t weight limit for 17- to 18-year-olds and the 7.5t limit for 18- to 21-year-olds. In practical terms, this means to drive a combine harvester or telehandler on the road, people need to be at least 21.

'Wait until old enough' A police spokesperson said: "Oh Dear! A John Deere driven by a 12-year-old… Members from Unit C Meath Roads Policing Unit stopped this John Deere tractor at 12.30am (1 December) in Trim town. The spokesperson added: "We know young farmers love driving tractors, but they have to wait until old enough to be properly licensed." In Ireland, to drive a tractor on a public road you must be aged 16 or over and own a category W licence (work vehicles or land tractor with or without a trailer). Gardaí have said that they are relieved that a tractor driven by a 12-year-old in Meath was was safely stopped in the early hours of yesterday morning. It's reported that the 12-year-old, as well as an eight-year-old and a 15-year-old in the tractor, were intercepted by gardaí at 12.30am in Trim, Co Meath.

Meath Crime Prevention shared on their Facebook page that: Advertisement "Members from Unit C Meath Roads Policing stopped this John Deere tractor at 00.30am this morning in Trim town. "They found three boys in the cab. "They were brought to Trim garda station and their parents were contacted. We know young farmers love driving tractors, but they have to wait until old enough to be properly licensed." Meath Sgt Ronan Farrelly said there was a big sense of relief among all the gardaí as Trim was very busy at that time on Saturday night. A 12-year-old boy driving a tractor was stopped by Gardai in Meath before his parents were called.

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The child was driving a John Deere tractor in the early hours of Sunday morning in Trim town. Accompanying him were two youths — a 15-year-old and an eight-year-old boy. Gardai shared an image of the tractor on the Meath Crime Prevention Facebook page. The public were informed that the three boys were brought to Trim Garda station and their children's parents were contacted. The post read: 'Members from Unit C Meath Roads Policing Unit stopped this John Deere tractor at 00.30am this morning in Trim town. They found three boys in the cab. 'A 12-year-old was driving the vehicle, accompanied by a 15-year-old and an eight-year-old. 'We know young farmers love driving tractors, but they have to wait until old enough to be properly licensed.' A spokesperson later added to the post: 'To clarify further in respect of this incident, the Tractor was seized by An Garda Siochana and we are liaising with the parents of the children involved. 'The matter remains under investigation at this time. We would ask people making comments not to jump to conclusions and allow due process to take its course. Thank you.' The incident comes after hundreds of tractors drove into Dublin city and caused major disruption on the roads. Farmers protested outside Leinster House on Tuesday in a bid to combat issues within the farming industry. The protest has been organised by the so-called Individual Farmers of Ireland but is not backed by any of the major recognised farming groups. Farmers have decided to hold the protest following a number of beef farming protests in recent months. They are calling for fair prices to be paid to farmers producing milk, meat and grain. The tractor driven by a 12-year-old boy was safely intercepted by the police (Photo: Meath Roads Policing Unit/Facebook) Police in the Republic of Ireland stopped a John Deere tractor on Sunday morning only to find out it was being driven by a 12-year-old boy. Gardaí safely intercepted the tractor just past midnight on Sunday morning (1 December) in County Meath, north of Dublin. The 12-year-old driver was accompanied by a 15-year-old and an 8-year-old, officers from Meath Roads Policing Unit discovered. They were brought to Trim Garda Station and their parents were contacted. "We know young farmers love driving tractors, but they have to wait until old enough to be properly licensed," the unit said on a Facebook post. "To clarify further in respect of this incident, the tractor was seized by an Garda Siochana and we are liaising with the parents of the children involved. "We would ask people making comments not to jump to conclusions and allow due process to take its course."