If you’re currently learning to drive, you’ll be looking for any opportunity to get behind the wheel. You’ll take your mum to do the weekly shop; you’ll take your dad to the dentist; you may even take your auntie’s dog to the vet. However, please be aware that if you are driving in the car with a pet, there are some rules surrounding animal transport, established by the Animal Welfare Act and the Highway Code, you should be aware of.
“No person shall transport animals or cause animals to be transported in a way that is likely to cause injury or undue suffering to them.” Animal Welfare Act, 2006
“Ensure your dog or other animals are suitably restrained so that they cannot distract you or injure you or themselves if you have to stop quickly. A harness, carrier or dog guard is recommended.” Highway Code, Rule 57
Not only is it an offence to transport an animal in a way that may cause them harm, improper animal transport can invalidate your car and animal insurance policies, if it is proven to be a reason for the accident.
We recommend that you leave pet transportation for when you are a little more experienced – human passengers can be distracting enough. But, if you do attempt driving practice with an animal in the car, then please consult the following article – click here to view article and infographic from NAWT.