End to police confusion over AWPR tractor rules

The AWPR route at Balmedie
The AWPR route at Balmedie

North East tractor drivers turned away from a section of the AWPR should no longer suffer from an “honest mistake” by police, it has emerged.

Farmers had complained to the NFU Scotland that police were stopping tractors on the A90 as they travelled the Balmedie to Tipperty stretch of the dual carriageway.

Despite the peripheral route’s status as a “special” road, this stretch is a confirmed trunk road, meaning farmers should continue to use it as normal.

North East region MSP Peter Chapman asked Transport Scotland to intervene with Police Scotland, as he felt the rules have confused well-meaning officers and farmers.

Scotland’s roads agency asked Aberdeen Roads Ltd to talk to police, and tractors should no longer be stopped on this section.

Scottish Conservative Mr Chapman said: “When the road was first promoted there was some confusion as to who was getting to use the road, and what it would mean for tractors.

“It was disappointing to hear from NFUS and constituents that police were still stopping them.

“Clearly, both police and drivers are just trying to do their job. It’s an honest mistake.

“I hope this is now totally cleared up and no real harm has been done.”

Transport Scotland advised Mr Chapman: “I can confirm that the A90 Balmedie to Tipperty scheme was promoted as a trunk road and has not been designated a special road like the AWPR.

“As such, traffic which was able to use the old A90 between Balmedie to Tipperty will continue to be able to use the new dual carriageway along this section of the road.

“I can advise that a member of the AWPR team has been in touch with Police Scotland and confirmed this to them.”