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How to Avoid DGT Fines When Traveling with Your Dog (or Any Other Pet) During Easter

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By parm maan

The Animal Welfare Act provides for fines of thousands of euros for harming an animal while driving

Dogs, cats, birds or hamsters… For some, they just are animals but for many they are another part of the family. And for DGT, they are just another passenger in our car. Not surprisingly, its correct transportation is also included in the General Road Regulations.

As with any other passenger, transporting an animal in our vehicle without proper restraints can be a real danger to the animal itself and the other people traveling with it. During the impact, its mass multiplies, and the crash can be fatal for one of the parties.

According to Traffic, half of motorists say it is not clear how they should transport their pet, and 67 percent say the law is not clear enough. For one reason or another, the truth is that transporting our dog or pet safely is an essential requirement on the road.


To underline the importance of this, the DGT reminds that if there is no restraint system, the impact of a pet at 50km/h will multiply its weight by 35, so a 20kg dog will go over the limit. half a ton on impact. .

To avoid additional hazards or reduce injury in the event of an accident, DGT recommends keeping our animals secured with two harnesses and a short circuit system. In case of an accident, this system will prevent the animal from hitting the front seats and getting seriously injured.

If you have a carrier, if it is small, then it is better to place it in the foot cavity. If the carrier is larger, it can be stored in the trunk, but for greater safety, it is recommended to install a dividing net so that in the event of an accident, the impact is not directly on the rear seats.

In addition to the above (and not least) the pet must travel with you ventilation enough so that you don't get hurt during the trip. Excessive heat can take a toll on an animal's health, and just as humans need to rest and stretch their legs, it's just as important that we stop on the road and get them out of the car.

Let's remember that leaving an animal in a closed car is especially dangerous for them and, in fact, since the publication of the Animal Welfare Act, it is especially punishable if our pet ends up causing harm.

With the recent reform of the traffic law, the penalty for driving without a seat belt has been reduced from three to four points on the driver's license. However, the financial penalty remains the same as the previous fine of 200 euros.

In the case of animals, there is no standard that dictates the use of restraint systems for them as there is for humans, however; Article 18.1 General traffic rules state that the driver “must take special care to maintain a proper position and other passengers to maintain it, as well as the proper placement of objects or animals being transported, so that there is no interference between the driver and anyone else. passengers”, they”.

Failure to comply with the rules contained in Article 18 of the General Traffic Regulations is listed as a “serious” violation, which carries a financial penalty of €200 under the Traffic, Motor Vehicle Circulation and Road Safety Act.

To all of the above, we must add that the pet owner must pay special attention to ensure that their pet travels in the best possible safety and that there is no danger for them. In addition to ventilation, water and food, our dog must carry relevant documents. If you do not do this, the Law provides for the following sanctions:

  • Minor violationsif the conduit engages in conduct that “by act or omission” omits obligations under the Act “without causing physical harm or altering the behavior of the animals”. The sanction can range from a warning to a fine of between 500 and 1000 euros.
  • Serious violationsif the previous rules were violated causing “serious permanent consequences, serious harm or injury, unless it is a crime”. Also if the animal is kept inside the car all the time. A fine in the amount of 10,001 to 50,000 euros.
  • Very serious violationsIf not following the rules leads to the death of the animal. Commit more than one serious violation within three years. A fine in the amount of 50,001 to 200,000 euros.

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