Archive Article: 2001/11/16

16 November 2001

Lets move to simpler movement licensing

Why cant the government simplify the rules on livestock movement licences?

The first problem producers face is selecting the right type of licence from the many available. Both producers and, worryingly, trading standards staff find the choice confusing.

Then there is the wait for licences to be issued and often a further delay when a problem arises. Sometimes it is even necessary to reapply. DEFRA should acknowledge that those delays hamper management. It is another blow to producers struggling with the 21-day standstill remaining in force, which disrupts marketing plans and vital cash flow.

Ending licences may be premature, but at least DEFRA could consider a simpler system that everyone can understand.

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