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Tractors and agricultural or forestry machinery: braking


To enable the Community approval procedure put in place by Directive 74/150/EEC, which was subsequently repealed and replaced by Directive 2003/37/EC, to be implemented by harmonising the technical requirements applying to braking that tractors must meet.

2) ACT

Directive 76/432/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to braking systems for wheeled agricultural or forestry tractors [Official Journal L 122 of 08.05.1976].

Amended by:

Council Directive 82/890/EEC of 17 December 1982 [Official Journal L 378 of 31.12.1982];
Council Directive 96/63/EC of 30 September 1996 [Official Journal L 253 of 05.10.1996];
Parliament and Council Directive 97/54/EC of 23 September 1997 [Official Journal L 277 of 10.10.1997].


The Directive applies to tractors fitted with pneumatic tyres and two axles, and having a maximum design speed of between 6 and 40 kilometres per hour.

Member States may not reject either the Community or national approval of a tractor for reasons relating to braking devices if these meet the technical requirements set out in the annexes to the directive. The same applies to the registration, sale, placing in service and use of such tractors.

The amendments needed in order to adapt those annexes to technical progress were adopted in accordance with the procedure provided for in Directive 74/150/EEC which was subsequently repealed and replaced by Directive 2003/37/EC.

of entry into force
Final date for implementation in the Member States
Directive 76/432/EEC08.05.197601.01.1977
Directive 82/890/EEC31.12.198231.06.1984
Directive 96/63/EC25.10.199601.10.1997
Directive 97/54/EC30.10.199723.09.1998



Last updated: 15.07.2005
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