Livestock Haulage and by Laws
Most UK drivers can not legally drive a HGV horsebox or tow a horse trailer without undergoing additional training. The appropriate licence required will depend on the size and weight of the vehicle that you intend to drive.
The bylaws that govern the ownership and operation of livestock carriers and trailers are somehow still uncertain. For years, the equestrian press featured plenty of articles which focused on the issues of not complying to the safety guidelines and have cautioned on the possible dangers to both humans and livestock where these are violated.
The VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) had recently tried to establish more clarity on such rules. The agency has also published a helpful guidelines together with the British Pony Society and other equestrian organisations and groups. The guide for horsebox and trailer owners will answer your questions on the rules of transporting horses. The guide covers rules governing both horseboxes and towing trailers by car, estate wagon or a 4x4 pickup.
Driving Licence Restrictions
Drivers should check that their license is appropriate for the size and type of vehicle they intend to drive. Driving without a valid licence will invalidate your horsebox insurance policy.
Tips on Reducing your Premium
Anti-theft devices can reduce the cost of horsebox insurance
There are some policies that require one or more anti-theft devices. Claims may be refused if an anti-theft device was fitted but not used. Horseboxes are valuable and as such are the target of theft. To lessen the risk of theft some brokers will insist on the use of wheel clamps. Given that you most likely have spent a considerable amount to bespoke your horsebox including its interior it advisable to protect it. The best way to protect your investment is to take extra security measures such as adding a tracking device. These measures will lower the risk of theft both at home and at equestrian events. Taking additional precautions should lead to less claims and a lower premium.
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Article by Eamonn Turley