Below is a collection of relevant legislation for animal transport in a vehicle as of August 2019. The Pillion Pooch complies with all of these legislations and many more. Please consult the appropriate authority for legislation in your country if not listed below and feel free to notify us of any changes/updates in legislation.
When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.
Legislation throughout Europe varies from country to country. While most follow similar rules to that of the UK, they all adhere to the following:
Article 3 - General conditions for the transport of animals
No person shall transport animals or cause animals to be transported in a way likely to cause injury or undue suffering to them.
In addition, the following conditions shall be complied with:
This list is not exhaustive but covers what our research has shown to be the most restrictive laws on animal transport within the US.
It shall be unlawful for any person to transport any animal or animals either for business or pleasure on or in an open air motor vehicle unless the animal or animals being transported:
No person driving a pickup truck shall transport any dog in the back of the vehicle on a public way, unless:
No person driving a motor vehicle shall transport any animal in the back of the vehicle in a space intended for any load on the vehicle on a highway unless:
No person shall transport an animal in the back of a motor vehicle in a space intended for a load on the vehicle on a public way unless:
A person commits the offense of carrying a dog on the external part of a vehicle if the person carries a dog upon the hood, fender, running board or other external part of any automobile or truck that is upon a highway unless the dog is protected by frame work, carrier or other device sufficient to keep it from falling from the vehicle.
Any person who wilfully transports or confines or causes to be transported or confined any domestic animal or animals in a manner, posture or confinement that will jeopardize the safety of the animal or the public shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. And whenever any such person shall be taken into custody or be subject to arrest pursuant to a valid warrant therefor by any officer or authorized person, such officer or person may take charge of the animal or animals; and any necessary expense thereof shall be a lien thereon to be paid before the animal or animals may be recovered; and if the expense is not paid, it may be recovered from the owner of the animal or the person guilty
A person who carries or causes to be carried in or upon any vessel or vehicle or otherwise any animal in a cruel or inhuman manner, or so as to produce torture, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
The rider of a motorcycle cannot ride with an animal on the part of the motorcycle between the rider and the handlebars or in another position that interferes with the rider's ability to control the motorcycle or have a clear view of the carriageway.*
*Except for the purposes of a farming activity and then only for a distance of not more than 500 metres on a road provided it is safe to do so.
No animals between rider and handlebars. Animals can't be carried between the rider and the handlebars of a motorcycle.
There is an exemption for farmers. While working, a farmer can carry an animal between the rider and the handlebars of a motorcycle for up to 500 metres on a road.
A motorcycle rider or passenger must not tether or lead an animal while the motorcycle is moving. Animals should be seated or housed in appropriate areas. A rider must not ride with an animal on the fuel tank.
The rider of a motorbike must not ride with an animal on the motorbike between the rider and the handlebars, or in another position that interferes with the rider’s ability to control the motorbike or to have a clear view of the road.