Defra Vehicle Inspections


Did you know that the European Council (EC) 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 long journeys (eight hours or more)?

FTA offers Defra Vehicle Inspections to give you confidence in your compliance with the EC regulation. We are appointed by the Department for Enviornment, Food and Rural Affairs as a competent body - achieved by UKAS accrediation.

What does the Defra Vehicle Inspection include?

  • It is an inspection on the vehicle body to meet the regualtory requirements
  • FTA inspects the vehicle, trailer and/or container 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 in any EU member state

Our commercial vehicle inspections are carried out on everything from vans to heavy goods vehicles (HGVS). All our inspections are accredited by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and are available nationwide.

Why choose FTA?

FTA's highly skilled engineers have been delivering our Vehicle Inspection Service since 1966, and using us for your vehicle 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

How do I find out more information?

You can download our Commercial Vehicle Inspections brochure (PDF). Alternatively please fill out the form below and a member of the team will get back to you.


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