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Animal Transportation Rules

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the expected cost is of the change to the rules for transporting animals. (110765)

The cost of complying with Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations is estimated to be £7.7 million. The regulatory impact assessment is available on the DEFRA website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he defines long journeys as used in section 3.1 to 3.5 of his Department's regulations on the ventilation of vehicles. (110766)

Article 2 of Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations defines a ‘long journey’ as that

“which exceeds eight hours, starting from when the first animal of the consignment is moved”.

Point 3 of Chapter VI in Annex I of the Regulation prescribes the ventilation systems and temperature monitoring equipment required on the relevant means of transport used for long journeys.

As permitted by Article 18(4) of the Regulation, we have chosen to derogate from certain provisions in Annex 1, Chapter VI, for road vehicles undertaking journeys up to a maximum of 12 hours within the UK. These derogations include the installation of ventilation and temperature monitoring equipment, as described in point 3.2 of Chapter VI.