HORSE TRANSPORT CERTIFICATES
Welfare in Animal Transport Order (2006)
Many people now need a vehicle/trailer certificate and State Veterinary Service (SVS) authorisation to transport horses for up to eight hours and from January 2008 a WATO Certificate of Competence.
BHDTA members who transport horses may fall into the scope of the legislation.
You WILL DEFINITELY need a Certificate of Competence if you are:
You WILL NOT need a Certificate of Competence if you are:
Owners of Registered horses (those registered in studbooks or with organisations managing competitions) being transported to competition and meets are exempt from keeping journey logs, on watering, feeding, rest intervals and journey times. However transporters will still need the WATO Certificates of Competence if the journey is in connection with an economic activity.
Equines with DEFRA passports are Registered horses.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Welfare of Animals During Transport Regulations - Equine related case studies
Documents and Information (Note: these files are in PDF format).
For more information to help you decide whether or not you fall into the scope of the legislation, please read:
Information from DEFRA:
Visit DEFRA’s website www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/welfare
Certificate of Competence
This information is published courtesy of the British Driving Society, who are a DEFRA approved awarding body for the Certificate of Competence.
The BDS is currently one of only four DEFRA approved awarding bodies for the Certificates of Competence and you can get further information on how to apply from the BDS office or on the BDS website at www.britishdrivingsociety.co.uk
The syllabus of the WATO Certificate of Competence and a test application form can be downloaded below.
Note: these files are in PDF format.