6 September 1996

Transport rules under debate

ANOTHER round of industry consultation is under way on implementing new EU livestock transport rules due to be in place across the community by the end of this year.

The European transport directive was agreed by farm ministers last June, and applies to all journeys over 50km (31 miles). But MAFFs first interpretation of the rules, issued for consultation last October, created an industry furore. The biggest problems included the definition of the start point of a journey.

The latest consultation paper confirms the basic journey time of eight hours in standard vehicles. That can be extended to 28 hours, split by a rest period, for adult sheep and cattle if lorries meet additional requirements like providing adequate ventilation.n