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Tractors and agricultural or forestry machinery: passenger seats

The aim of this Directive is to enable the Community type-approval procedure to be implemented by harmonising the technical requirements concerning the passenger seats on wheeled agricultural and forestry tractors.


Council Directive 76/763/EEC of 27 July 1976 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to passenger seats for wheeled agricultural or forestry tractors [See amending act(s)].


This Directive applies to agricultural or forestry tractors, that is any motor vehicle fitted with wheels or endless tracks and having at least two axles, the main function of which lies in its tractive power and which is specially designed to tow, push, carry or power certain tools, machinery or trailers intended for agricultural or forestry use.

This type of vehicle may be equipped to carry a load and passengers.

This Directive applies only to the specified tractors which are fitted with pneumatic tyres and have two axles, a maximum design speed of between 6 and 40 km/h and a track width of 1 250 millimetres or more.

Each seat must be so placed that the passenger is in no danger and creates no impediment to driving the tractor. Each seat must be firmly fixed and properly attached according to the type of tractor, to a structural member of the tractor (chassis, roll-over protection device, platform, etc.). The structural member concerned must be sufficiently strong to support a laden passenger seat. The passenger seat must not add to the overall width of the tractor.

There must not be more than one passenger seat per mudguard, where this is the mounting point.


ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Directive 76/763/EEC



OJ L 262 of 27.9.1976

Amending act(s)Entry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Directive 82/890/EEC



OJ L 378 of 31.12.1982

Directive 97/54/EC



OJ L 277 of 10.10.1997

Directive 2010/52/EU



OJ L 213 of 13.8.2010

The successive amendments and corrections to Directive 76/763/EEC have been incorporated in the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Last updated: 02.12.2010
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