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HORSE RIDERS URGED TO LOBBY COUNCILS ON LOCAL TRANSPORT POLICIES

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The Britsh Horse Society is calling on all riders and carriage-drivers to write to their councils to ensure that th...
The Britsh Horse Society is calling on all riders and carriage-drivers to write to their councils to ensure that the needs of equestrian road-users are included in the five-year local transport plans - to be finalised and submitted to the government in July.

The Western Mail's equestrian supplement (p13) reports that despite strong representation from the BHS on the need to include transport policies for the horse-rider and horse-drawn vehicle, the guidance on LTPs issued by the government contrains no mention of horses at all.

Accordingly most councils have neglected equestrian needs within their provisional LTPS. Janet George, BHS head of public affairs, said: 'It is essential that equestrian needs are fully reflected in the local transport plans. We need the help of everyone who rides or drives a horse on the road.

'Just 15 minutes spent writing a letter - now - to your local highway authority can have a positive effect for equestrian road safety and access for the next five years.'
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