Inspectorate Impound Illegal Transporters
Illegal transporters are being targeted in a new offensive being
launched by the Department of Transport and the Vehicle Inspectorate.
This new move means that horsebox owners who are receiving any form
of payment for transporting horses without an Operators Licence
(when they should have one) will have their vehicles impounded and
then sold or scrapped.
the last few years many people have been tempted to accept payment
for transporting horses, often with the best intentions," explained
Jon Phillips, Managing Director of the Organisation Horsebox and
Trailer Owners. "We have even heard of horsebox owners being
recruited by rescue companies to assist others in the case of breakdown.
This is fine if the individual concerned has a personal operators
licence and the correct hire and reward insurance. If not, they
now stand a very real chance of losing their vehicle altogether.
Even being told that the company concerned holds a licence and insurance
that covers you simply is not good enough, no matter how reliable
or well known that company appears to be."
Vehicle Inspectorate's national helpline for advice is on 0870 60
60 440. This number includes an option allowing operators, drivers
and members of the public to pass on information about potential
lawbreakers to the VI's Intelligence Unit. For further information
and advice you may also call the Organisation of Horsebox and Trailer
Owners on 01488 657651.