Dáil Éireann - Volume 597 - 08 February, 2005
Written Answers - Transportation of Animals.
Mr. Kenny Mr. Kenny
393. Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if she will report on the terms of the EU Council Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005; if the need for certificates of competence for drivers and attendants, and certificates of approval for vehicles applies only to transport in excess of eight hours and journeys above 65 kilometres; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3545/05]
Mary Coughlan Mary Coughlan
Mary Coughlan: Most of the provisions of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 will not come into effect until 5 January 2007, with a small number of other provisions only having effect from 1 January 2008 and 1 January 2009. The Council regulation, when it comes into force, is designed to improve the welfare of animals during transport both within member states and throughout the European Union and follows intense negotiations at both the official and political levels over the past 18 months.
The main provisions of this regulation do not apply to the transport by farmers of their own animals using their own vehicles for distances up to 50 km. Several other provisions do not apply to persons transporting animals for distances up to 65 km. In addition, the more detailed requirements relating to certificates of competence for drivers and attendants and certificates of approval of vehicles apply to transport in excess of eight hours. My Department is considering the arrangements and requirements for the operation of the new regime for the transport of animals both at home and to our European markets from 2007 onwards. It is my intention to consult all relevant parties on the most effective way to implement the regulation.
Dáil Éireann 597 Written Answers Transportation of Animals.