The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Isle of Man) Order 2007
Any person transporting any live vertebrate animals inside the European Union on journeys of over 65 kilometres (approx. 40 miles) as part of an economic activity must hold a valid Authorisation to do so. This is a requirement of EC Regulation 1/2005 and is applicable across the European Union. Under Protocol 3, most of the provisions are binding on the Isle of Man and are implemented in Manx Law. There are two types of Authorisation:
- A short journey Authorisation (Type 1) for journeys over 65km and up to and including 8 hours duration.
- A long journey Authorisation (Type 2) which covers both long and short journeys.
Animal Health are able to provide transporter authorisation certificates.
To find out if you require a certificate, please answer the following 2 questions:
1. DO YOU TRANSPORT ANIMALS OVER 65KM IN CONNECTION WITH AN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY?
YES - apply to DEFA for an authorisation certificate (see bottom of this page for the downloadable application form)
NO - you do not require authorisation
2. DO YOU TRANSPORT ANIMALS OVER 8 HOURS INVOLVING SEA OR AIR TRANSPORT?
YES - you need to apply for a type 2 "long journey" transporter authorisation. [Please note: there are specific requirements for vehicles if you are undertaking "long journeys" - please see 'vehicle specifications' at the bottom of this page].
NO - you need to apply for a type 1 "short journey" transporter authorisation.
The Authorisation will last for 5 years unless revoked or suspended, or it may have conditions imposed upon it anytime within this period if there are infringements of any requirement of the Regulation or the relevant Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order.
Downloadable Guidance Notes for the Transporter Authorisations can be found at the bottom of this page; as can the application form.
Exemptions - "registered horses" are exempt - please see downloadable definition.
Certificate of Competence
Those transporting cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and poultry by road on jourmeys over 65km in connection with an economic activity must be independently assessed in their competence. Those assessed as competent will receive a 'Certificate of Competence'. The Certificate will be specific to the role the transporter or attendant; the length of journey undertaken and the species to be transported.
If you have previously been issued with a Type 1 authorisation, this will continue to be valid provided the driver or attendant hold relevant certificates of competency.