Don’t Hold Up the Traffic… or Else
When I first moved to Pembrokeshire, a traffic jam was getting stuck behind a tractor for a few minutes. Over the past few years, I have noticed a huge increase in traffic on the roads, and with the holiday season just beginning it’s worth noting that tractors are not the only problem.
In all honesty, I have generally found farmworkers to be extremely courteous and usually find that they move out of the way at the first opportunity after noting a queue behind them, but I also thought it was the law that they did so. I am afraid I was ignorant that Rule 169 of the Highway Code actually applies to all slow-moving vehicles. Apparently anyone holding up more than six cars can be in for a hefty fine (up to £5,000) and up to nine points on their licence.
It’s worth noting that with an increase in holiday traffic in Pembrokeshire expected this summer, as more people seek holidays in the UK following a lifting of covid restrictions, we can expect to see more caravans and mobile homes. It’s important that people don’t get too carried away with how lovely the scenery is, and make a point of checking regularly in their mirrors to avoid a queue of grumpy cars, possible accidents and those scary fines and points.