Britain’s farmers will get a bumper harvest as the government slashes red tape to boost tractor weight and speed limits, Transport Minister Claire Perry has announced.

The government will cut outdated regulation to allow higher tractor speeds and heavier tractor and trailer combinations from spring 2015. The government has also committed to develop detailed proposals for a roadworthiness test for tractors and trailers.

The increase in combined weight means bigger tractors can pull trailers without sacrificing cargo to meet the top weight limit of both tractor and trailer. This will maximise the amount of produce transported in each journey.

The reform will provide a £62m yearly boost to farmers.

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