Roads: Animals

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 9 February 2015.

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Photo of Jason McCartney Jason McCartney Conservative, Colne Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what procedure exists for notifying owners of pets that are killed on the strategic road network.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Highways Agency Network Management Manual (2009) sets out procedures for notifying owners of canines that are killed on the strategic road network for a number of Highways Agency area maintenance contracts. These contracts are due to be phased out which will result in a different approach in dealing with canine fatalities across the strategic road network as the replacement contracts no longer mandate that canine fatalities are scanned, identified or the owners contacted.

Consequently, the Highways Agency is currently assessing the potential merits of amending contracts to understand the implications of including mandatory identification and recording of domestic animals found on the strategic road network, including contacting pet owners where possible and advising relevant registration organisations.

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