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New animal welfare legislation requires that those who transport horses in connection with an economic activity* (i.e. a business) on journeys over 65kms MUST hold a Certificate of Competence, such as a Level 3 Award in the principles of transporting horses by road on short journeys (formerly CET) or Level 3 Award in the principles of transporting horses on long journeys (Attendant or Attendant/Driver, formerly ACET), by 5 January 2008.
Those who fall within the scope of the new regulations are also required to have valid 'Transporter Authorisation' (forms available from DEFRA) and, if travelling horses on journeys over 8 hours, must ensure that their vehicle(s) has been inspected and approved by DEFRA.
Who is affected by the legislation?
- Racing (licensed trainers, point-to-point trainers, pre-training/rehabilitation etc)
- Breeding (studs)
- Sport Horses (eventing, show jumping, dressage, showing etc)
- Horse Transport (incl. foreign businesses operating in the UK).
Are there any exemptions?
There are no 'grandfather rights', but DEFRA's 'Single-Animal Exemption' can allow certain journeys to be exempt from the legislation so long as an animal being transported is a single animal accompanied by either its owner or another responsible person. This 1:1 ratio can apply for up to FOUR horses being accompanied by FOUR responsible persons.
Where can I find further information on the legislation?
▪ DEFRA website
▪ DEFRA 'Welfare in Transport' Helpline - 0845 603 8395
* Economic Activity = 'Any transport of animals undertaken as part of a business or commercial activity, which aims at achieving financial gain, whether direct or indirect, for any person or company involved with transport.' (DEFRA 2007)
Level 3 Award in the principles of transporting horses by road on short journeys (formerly CET):
▪ For those transporting horses on journeys over 65km and not exceeding 8 hours.
▪ Achieved through examination only
Level 3 Award in the principles of transporting horses on long journeys (Attendant or Attendant/Driver, formerly ACET):
▪ For those transporting horses on journeys exceeding 8 hours.
▪ Achieved through examination AND practical assessment.
NB: Total journey time is based on the 'round-trip', unless one has stopped at a destination for over 48hrs before making a return journey. 'Static' time spent at a destination, e.g. Racemeeting, does not contribute to total journey time.