Recently introduced regulations require anyone keeping vertebrate animals for commercial purposes who transports animals other than single animals or for journeys less than 40km to pass a test and periodically retest. This regulation should only apply to people moving larger numbers of animals, for example it could apply to LGVs or HGVs but not other classes of vehicle.

It is absurd that, for example, someone who breeds dogs occasionally should be breaking the law if they take their two dogs in the car for a day trip.

Why is this idea important?

While the cost and time required by testing may not be onerous on a professional animal haulier this is yet another fixed overhead cost on a small business in the agricultural sector.

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