stopping at a chippy in tractor

Wendy10

Member
Location
Carmarthenshire
No axe to grind on this. Just read on fb.
WARNING TO ALL TRACTOR DRIVERS.....
Did you know it is against the law to stop in your tractor to get food or drinks!!! Ben Hoyles didn't until last Saturday n...ight.
After a long day baling hay we stopped on our way home to get some well needed fish&chips before they closed, Ben parked tractor in a car park, after about 2mins were blocked in by a police car and was asked what we were doing! So he told them we just finished work and needed food.
We were then lectured for 20mins that Farmers are not allowed to stop for food or drinks as the tractor was running on red diesel and therefore was using it for personal use!! And they could do Ben for tax avoidance!!!!!!
They weren't worried if the tractor was stolen they were only worried about Ben avoiding TAX. They even told us that the police are not allowed to stop to get food and drinks when working!!
They checked over the tractor and all they could find was a slightly worn hydraulic pipe on the loader, they left us to eat our now cold food and said don't do it again!
What a crazy world, maybe they were offended because Ben was eating a battered sausage!! Madness, please spread the word
 

Simon Chiles

DD Moderator
No axe to grind on this. Just read on fb.
WARNING TO ALL TRACTOR DRIVERS.....
Did you know it is against the law to stop in your tractor to get food or drinks!!! Ben Hoyles didn't until last Saturday n...ight.
After a long day baling hay we stopped on our way home to get some well needed fish&chips before they closed, Ben parked tractor in a car park, after about 2mins were blocked in by a police car and was asked what we were doing! So he told them we just finished work and needed food.
We were then lectured for 20mins that Farmers are not allowed to stop for food or drinks as the tractor was running on red diesel and therefore was using it for personal use!! And they could do Ben for tax avoidance!!!!!!
They weren't worried if the tractor was stolen they were only worried about Ben avoiding TAX. They even told us that the police are not allowed to stop to get food and drinks when working!!
They checked over the tractor and all they could find was a slightly worn hydraulic pipe on the loader, they left us to eat our now cold food and said don't do it again!
What a crazy world, maybe they were offended because Ben was eating a battered sausage!! Madness, please spread the word

It's a pity they didn't stop me in that situation I'd have had a field day with them to the point they'd probably wish they'd never started. Getting the fish and chips is entirely incidental to the Ag operation that the vehicle was being used for ( I presume you stopped at the fish and chip shop on the way past rather than taking a tractor and baler to go and get the food ) and therefore entirely acceptable to be running on red. Also rebated fuel is a matter for HMRC and not the police.
 

Still Farming

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
South Wales UK
Get their epaletes number and get on to their inspector or the toffs you work for to dress em down ?
Their not customs or Agri Vehicle inspectors ?
How many people with works vehicles or hours get food .
basic human rights needs .
They feed em in Prison don't they 4 time a day ???
Chase the non tax paying pikies and their dining habits and vehicles ?
 
No axe to grind on this. Just read on fb.
WARNING TO ALL TRACTOR DRIVERS.....
Did you know it is against the law to stop in your tractor to get food or drinks!!! Ben Hoyles didn't until last Saturday n...ight.
After a long day baling hay we stopped on our way home to get some well needed fish&chips before they closed, Ben parked tractor in a car park, after about 2mins were blocked in by a police car and was asked what we were doing! So he told them we just finished work and needed food.
We were then lectured for 20mins that Farmers are not allowed to stop for food or drinks as the tractor was running on red diesel and therefore was using it for personal use!! And they could do Ben for tax avoidance!!!!!!
They weren't worried if the tractor was stolen they were only worried about Ben avoiding TAX. They even told us that the police are not allowed to stop to get food and drinks when working!!
They checked over the tractor and all they could find was a slightly worn hydraulic pipe on the loader, they left us to eat our now cold food and said don't do it again!
What a crazy world, maybe they were offended because Ben was eating a battered sausage!! Madness, please spread the word
Seen plenty of these police cop car shows were go take always what hypocrisy
 

devonboy

Member
Mixed Farmer
like in any walk of life, including farmers you get a minority that let the rest down, police around here are a pretty good bunch,in fact i saw one of their bmw x5 in the maccy d drive in the other day:hungry:
 

vantage

Member
Location
Pembs
I have recently had two occasions where I have had contact with police officers, both of which where the officers concerned acted impeccably and only deserved praise.
Sadly this occurrence over fish and chips is a disgrace to the officers concerned and should be reported to senior officers. What idiots.
Unfortunately one rotten apple spoils the lot:(
 

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