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Minimum Ages for Tractor Pulling

A question often asked is how old do I need to be to drive a Tractor Puller? Well here are the answers: -

EGPC Garden Tractors & Mini Pullers - Competition

All contestants participating in any Garden Pulling contest sanctioned by an EGPC (European Garden Pulling Committee) member must have a current competition membership. Contestants must be 18 years of age, or a least 16 years of age with a parent's or guardian's written consent. The following ages must be observed: -

Class Age
350kg <16hp 8 to 16-years
Stock 400kg 8 to 18-years
Limited Compact Diesel 600kg 12-years or older
Compact Diesel 600kg 16-years or older
Modified 600kg 16-years or older

BTPA and ETPC Tractor Pullers - Competition

All contestants participating in any Truck or Tractor Pulling contest sanctioned by an ETPC member must have a current competition membership. Contestants must be 18 years of age, or a least 16 years of age with a parent's or guardian's written consent.

PPA - Competition

The minimum age for driving a 950kg & 1050kg Mini Modified B Class is 12 years old. and the minimum age for a 950kg Mini Modified A Class is the same as the ETPC (16 years old with parents permission or 18 years old). The PPA apply the same age rules as the EGPC.

SWPTA and NETPC - Competition

All competing drivers must hold a valid SWTPA (or NETPC) competing membership along with a currant IOPD licence. Competitors must be 18 years old or 16 years with written consent from a parent or guardian.

Independent Demonstration Pulling

In the vast majority of events you need to be at least 16 years old and hold a current Tractor Licence (category F). If you are over 17 and pass a regular car driving test (category B) you’ll get entitlement to drive agricultural tractors (category F).

In some very rare cases the organisers may allow someone 13 or older to drive a Puller, but only on the Track and NOT on the Show field. You have to be in possession of a full Category F Driving License to be able to drive in any areas to which the public have access.

As an example, this is what the Great Dorset Steam Fair has to say under the Rules and Conditions for Exhibitors: -

14.1 The Road Traffic Act applies on site. All vehicles being driven on site must do so in accordance with this law. All drivers must have a valid Driving License, and all vehicles must have the necessary Insurance and MOT Certificate (where applicable). Therefore all vehicles being driven on site (including motorised and self-propelled exhibits) must be compliant with the Road Traffic Act for Insurance and Licensing Purposes, and carry the minimum third party insurance as required by the Road Traffic Act. The organisers reserve the right to inspect Insurance Certificates, MOT Certificates and Driving Licenses on demand.

The bottom line goes, if you are 13 or over, there is a remote possibility you may be able to Pull on the Track, but you will NOT be able to drive elsewhere on the site. I you are 16 and have a Category F (Tractor) License or you're 17 with Car License (Category B, which gives you Category F as well), you will be permitted to not only perform a Demonstration Pull but also drive the Puller on the site as well...


All the organisations running Competition Pulling have not only closed tracks but also closed 'Pit' areas as well, which are normally closed to the public! The only time the public would have access would be between Pulling sessions, when no Puller movements would occur.

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