Welfare in Animal Transport Order 2006

The Welfare in Animal Transport legislation was finally passed at the end of November 2006 and came into force on 5th January 2007.

BDS members who transport horses may fall into the scope of the legislation.

You WILL DEFINITELY need a Certificate of Competence if you are:

  • transporting horses for hire or reward on journeys of over 65km or up to 8 hours
  • transporting someone else’s horses for payment
  • transporting horses for sale or to an abattoir for slaughter
  • transporting horses as part of their business

You WILL NOT need a Certificate of Competence if you are:

  • transporting horses not in connection with an economic activity
  • farmers moving their own horses in their own vehicles for seasonal migration between pastures for a distance of less than 50km from their holding
  • transporting horses directly to or from veterinary practices or clinics under the advice of a vet.
  • An individual transporting their own horse in their own vehicle for a non-economic activity on a journey of less than 65km or under 8 hours
  • A ‘ hobby breeder’, where the income from the hobby does not significantly exceed the expenditure
  • A person transporting their own horse in their own vehicle to a show or other event for the purpose of pleasure or recreation – the winning of minor prize money DOES NOT constitute an ‘economic activity’.
  • A person transporting another person’s horse in their vehicle for ‘petrol money‘, providing no profit is involved.

Owners of registered horses (those registered in studbooks or with organisations managing competitions. Equines with BDS passports are registered horses.) 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’s Certificates of Competence if the journey is in connection with an economic activity.


WATO application form Application Form for WATO

WATO syllabus  WATO Syllabus Revised Janary 2012

WATO legislation  wato_2006_statutory_instrument