Defra Vehicle Inspections


The welfare of animals during transport is protected by the EC regulation 1/2005, Article 18 - the transport Certificate of Approval for Road Vehicles inspections. It requires that a road vehicle, trailer body and/or container inspection must be carried out to ensure the protection of animals when they are being transported on journeys of eight hours or more.

Logistics UK offer Defra Vehicle Inspections to give you confidence in your compliance within these regulations. We are appointed by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as a competent body – this only being achieved by UKAS accreditation. 


What does the Defra Vehicle Inspection include?

  • It is an inspection on the vehicle body and equipment to meet the regulatory requirements required by Defra for the protection of animals during transport.
  • Logistics UK inspects the vehicle, trailer and/or container in accordance with the regulations and if they meet the EC specific standard you will receive a 'certificate of approval'.
  • Your certificate must be carried with you and produced upon request.


Our vehicle and equipment inspections are carried out on everything from vans to heavy goods vehicles (HGVS). All our inspections are quality assured to systems and procedures assessed by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and are available upon request nationwide.


Why choose Logistics UK?

Logistics UK's highly skilled engineers have been delivering our Vehicle Inspection Service since 1966. Utilising our services for your vehicle and equipment inspection requirements can increase your compliance. save you money and give you peace of mind.

  • UKAS accredited, first class service
  • Visiting service
  • National
  • Flexible service


Transporting live animals from the EU to GB 

From the 31st December 2020, EU issued Vehicle Approval Certificates are not valid in Great Britain. Companies that wish to import live animals will be required to bring their vehicles to the UK to be inspected by a Defra-approved body. Logistics UK was approved by Defra to carry out inspections on most types of vehicles from vans to heavy goods vehicles (HGVS) that are available upon request across the UK.



Interested in this service?

Take a look at our brochure or get in touch

Have a read through our Vehicle Inspection Services brochure. You can find out more by completing our enquiry form or calling us to discuss your requirements on 03717 11 22 22*

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