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kinning  
#1 Posted : 09 August 2017 19:10:12(UTC)
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kinning

Does anyone know of any guidelines as to how many guide dogs can travel in a minibus at anyone time.

Whilst I have carried out a risk assessment for guide dogs in a bus regarding restraints etc,  I have been asked the question is there a legal limit as to how many can travel at anyone time.

Thanks

SNS  
#2 Posted : 09 August 2017 21:02:58(UTC)
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SNS

Not seen anything published except in the highway code, https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-about-animals-47-to-58 but that is general and about restraint being needed. No tags to law in that section though.

Probably related to the number of passengers in the mini-bus at the time requiring the dogs and sufficient safe restraint or enclosure, unless you are transporting the dogs without their handlers? 

Invictus  
#3 Posted : 10 August 2017 07:51:06(UTC)
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Invictus

Wouldn't you have to take the elephants out first : ) or was that a mini?

watcher  
#4 Posted : 10 August 2017 10:30:01(UTC)
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watcher

I would have thought this was precisely the sort of situation that risk assessments were meant for.

I know that every minibus has a person capacity, based on the size and numbers of seat.  Maybe Guide Dogs, the charity, could provide some information.

Ian Bell2  
#5 Posted : 10 August 2017 12:29:14(UTC)
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Ian Bell2

Is one of the dogs driving? Have the correct class of licence? Sorry couldn't resist....

wjp62  
#6 Posted : 10 August 2017 12:49:39(UTC)
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wjp62

Ian A-H  
#7 Posted : 11 August 2017 07:55:17(UTC)
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Ian  A-H

I agree with Watcher, assess the risks and make your decision. I think it highly unlikely there is legislation on the subject. I would treat them the same as human passengers - one per seat. So if the assistance dogs are with their owners: half the number of seats each. Obviously, as said before, they will need to be restrained. This is your maximum, then I would look at the needs of the owners, whether carers are to be carried etc and adjust accordingly.

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