The Livestock Transport Approval Scheme
Membership Details for Livestock Transport Approval Scheme
EU Welfare in Transport Regulation was introduced in 2005 in an effort to standardise and improve the quality of animal haulage across the EU.
Despite being compulsory for all involved in long haul animal transportation, the Livestock Transport Approval Scheme has a number of practical benefits.
Benefits can include:
- Allows drivers to transport animals on journeys lasting over eight hours
- Increases standards in vehicles and animal welfare
- Certification lasts for five years after assessment
The legislation requires that vehicles used for transporting animals on long journeys, over eight hours, must be inspected and approved by a competent authority of a Member State.
Responsibility for Scotland is in the hands of the Scottish Government Rural Directorate (SGRD). SGRD has designated Acoura as a certifying body to carry out these inspections for farmed cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and horses/ponies.
The assessment itself covers a number of different areas. These include vehicle design and maintenance, journey tracking, loading equipment, feeding provision, pen size, ventilation and temperature control systems.
Inspections can take place at your premises, or somewhere mutually convenient, e.g. an auction market, abattoir or the Royal Highland Show ground.
Contact us for further details.