Monitoring horses on the road
We monitor the cart horse drivers whilst working on public roads by conducting patrols, scrap metal yard inspections and responding to reports of abuse and overloading from members of the public, law enforcement and traffic officials.
In September 2010 the first step to the regulation of the carting industry was taken by the introduction of identification plates for the carts. The ID plate is affixed to the back of the cart and denotes the horses name and Cart Horse Protection Association unique registration number which is captured on a central database with all the horse and owners information.
The ID plate ensures that the cart operators who contravene the Animal Protection Act or traffic regulations can be easily identified and traced through our Information Management System.
Cart Horse Protection Association contributed Chapter 4 – Working Equines to the new City of Cape Town Animal By Law which was promulgated in August 2012.
In 2012 the E53 Cart Horse Operator Permit was introduced on request from the cart horse owners. The permit is a ‘drivers license’ and in order to qualify for one, operators need to attend a workshop where training is given on road signs, safety and signaling, the correct way of harnessing a horse into a cart, checking roadworthiness of carts and their safety and inspection of the horse before going out to work.