Essential guide to safe and legal horse transport

Monday 26 April 2010

Many horsebox owners do not realise that their vehicle may be of a size that brings it under special regulations relating to road transport. When choosing and using these vehicles it is important to understand how road transport law applies to them and what the rules entail.

The Freight Transport Association has produced an essential guide for anyone who is involved in the transport of horses by road. The guide was originally presented to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in recognition of her keen interest in equestrianism and equine welfare, when she opened FTA’s new office in Leeds earlier in the year. FTA is now making the guide available to everyone involved in the transport of horses so that they can ensure their operation is both safe and legal.

Subjects covered in the comprehensive guide include:

Driving licences

Operator licensing

Towing trailers

Road traffic rules

Animal welfare in transit

The safe transport of horses by road is available at £5.00 a copy plus postage (no VAT) from Shopfta on 08717 11 11 11 or email

Notes for editors

A review copy of the guide is available to the press from Jackie Langridge on 01892 552253, email

Also suitable for horseboxes is a TomTom satellite navigation unit specifically designed for large vehicles, making it possible to avoid narrow roads, low bridges and unsuitable routes; and for use with certain existing TomTom models, a Truck Navigation SD card is available on its own, which enables drivers to turn their unit into one which is appropriate for trucks. The TomTom GO 7000 is available from Shopfta at £379 plus VAT; alternatively the SD card is available on its own for £139 plus VAT. Contact Shopfta (as above) for further information.

The Freight Transport Association represents the transport interests of companies moving goods by road, rail, sea and air. FTA members operate over 220,000 goods vehicles – almost half the UK fleet. In addition they consign over 90 per cent of the freight moved by rail and over 70 per cent of sea and air freight. 


FTA Press Office

01892 552255