Since 5 January 2007, all EC members must apply a common legislation for the transportation of equidae: the person transporting must hold a certificate of competence as a Driver/Attendant of Live Animals.
This implies obtaining a specific authorisation. Said obligation applies insofar as transportation is for commercial purposes on a journey exceeding 65 kilometres (approx. 40 miles), whether one or more horses are being transported.
The movement of animals effected by one or more means of transport and the related operations, including loading, unloading, transfer and rest, until the unloading of the animals at the place of destination is completed.
Any natural or legal person responsible for an establishment transporting animals on his own account, or for the account of a third party, for commercial purposes.
A person directly in charge of the welfare of the animals and who accompanies them during a journey. He shall ensure proper watering and feeding of the animals during the journey, and shall administer first aid care where necessary.
Horses which are registered in a studbook or with an organisation managing international competitions.
In order to properly understand this legislation, based on the notion of “transportation, whether or not in the context of an economic activity”, the “means of transport” notion should not be dissociated from that of “attendant”.
In all events, journeys not exceeding 65 km (approx. 40 miles), or not falling within the context of the activities defined hereunder, are excluded from the present legislation.
Who is concerned?
Which establishments are concerned?
Studs, breeders(¹), training centres (racing stables, etc.), professionals running sports establishments (show-jumping, dressage, etc.), consumption animals, zoos, stallion stations, dealers, agents and other operators, vehicle-rent companies for the transport of live animals, as well as riding schools insofar as they rent out and transport horses for commercial purposes (e.g. in the context of a competition).
(1) definition of the term “breeder”: a person subject to the MSA welfare protection scheme [exclusively for farmers] (Art. L722-1 and thereafter of the French Rural Code) and whose breeding activity corresponds to at least 1,200 annual working hours.
Under what conditions?
Any transportation undertaken for commercial purposes on a journey exceeding 65 km (approx. 40 miles).
How to obtain transporter authorisation?
Depending on your place of residence, contact the DDPP (Direction Départementale de la Protection des Populations - County Department for the Protection of the Population) or the DDCSPP (Direction Départementale de la Cohésion Sociale et de la Protection des Populations - County Department for Social Cohesion and the Protection of the Population). You will be required to fill out an application form and all relevant vehicles shall be inspected. On the condition of compliance with the safety, animal welfare and environmental standards, an authorisation (type 1) shall be issued. In the case of a journey exceeding 8 hours, a specific vehicle approval certificate shall be issued (type 2). Such vehicle authorisations are valid for 5 years and are issued free of charge.
For Divers/Attendants, a Certificate of Competence for the Transportation of Live Animals (CAPTAV) should be obtained.
How to apply?
Depending on your place of residence, contact the DDPP (Direction Départementale de la Protection des Populations - County Department for the Protection of the Population) or the DDCSPP (Direction Départementale de la Cohésion Sociale et de la Protection des Populations - County Department for Social Cohesion and the Protection of the Population) in order to fill out an application form and send any necessary proof.
2 possibilities are available:
French Government Order dated 5 August 2005 stipulates the list of accepted diplomas, titles and certificates required for the purpose of fulfilling the function of Driver/Attendant:
CAPA [Agricultural Competence Certificate] as stable lad, lad-jockey, lad-driver, groom
BEPA [Professional Agricultural Diploma] in equestrian activities specialising in the training of the competition horse, in horse-trekking, as rider for horses in training, lad-driver; groom; assistant riding manager
BPH [Professional Equestrian Diploma] as qualified stable lad
BAC Pro [Occupational Baccalaureate] in “Farm Management and Horse Breeding”
BEES [Sports Education and Instructor Diploma] in equestrian activities with riding credits
BPJEPS [Occupational Diploma in Youth, Popular Education and Sports Activities] in equestrian activities
Training Course Certificate
The aforementioned “CAPTAV” qualification is issued upon participation in a Driver/Attendant training course run by an accredited authority. For the Champagne-Ardenne region, please contact the National Stud of Montier-en-Der on (#-33) 0 325 042 217.
Source: “Les Haras Nationaux” [French National Stud Institution]