Equine Passport Legislation Update
2017 saw Defra open a public consultation on the existing Horse Passport Regulations and policy within England. The consultation hinted at a forthcoming change in the attitude towards enforcement of the Regulations, with mention of the introduction of a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) system, similar to that utilised by Council’s to enforce parking infringements.
If adopted, an FPN scheme could see enforcement officers stopping those traveling with horses, and issuing an on-the-spot fixed fine per identified infringement. This would mean that should you be traveling 5 horses, and not have their passports available for inspection, each horse could incur a fine. Similarly, where passports are available for inspection, but the records have not been transferred into the current owner’s name, this too could incur a penalty.
While there is no fixed time frame for the introduction for the new legislation, it is understood that England will see the existing regulation replaced by July 2018. Once introduced, it is thought that Scotland & Wales will be keen to replicate the legislation across the entirety of the UK.