Traveling by Motorcycle with a Pet, is it possible?
The answer to the question is it possible to travel by motorcycle with a pet? In accordance with articles 17 and 18 of the General Circulation Regulations, it is affirmative. But when it comes time to travel with a pet, it is necessary to assess aspects such as size and weight, the acclimatization of the pet to the vehicle and the support on which it will be transported.
From the blog of Xenasegur , specialists in motorcycle and quad insurance for mediators and brokers, in this article we take care of the transport of pets by motorcycle or scooter . Through this post we analyze the current regulations and approved accessories available in the market.
Unfortunately, every summer we continue listening or reading news related to the abandonment of pets . Before the holidays, there are still many people who decide to get rid of their pets instead of entrusting them to a family member or professionals in a shelter. And more worrying still: according to the study “Abandonment and adoption 2016” of the Affinity Foundation , this is a practice that does not stick to the summer period. Throughout the year, thousands of animals – especially dogs and cats – are left homeless in our country .
But, fortunately, the other side of the coin is represented by those who pamper and care for their pets like gold in cloth. People who care to take them to the veterinarian, brush them, shelter them and even transport them in their vehicle. In the case of automobiles, there are harnesses, trasportines and dividing grids that make it easy to travel with an animal. But what about motorcycles? Is it possible to travel by motorcycle with a pet?
What does the General Circulation Regulation say?
First of all, it is convenient to know what the law says. Specifically, the General Circulation Regulations , in Article 17 , specifies that “drivers must be able at all times to control their vehicles or animals . ” And in article 18 adds that “the driver of a vehicle is required to maintain their own freedom of movement, the necessary field of vision and permanent attention to driving to ensure their own safety, the rest of the occupants of the vehicle and that of the other road users. For these purposes, you must take special care to maintain the proper position and keep it the rest of the passengers and the proper placement of objects or animals transported so that there is no interference between the driver and any of them .
According to both articles, it seems clear that Spanish legislation does not hinder the transport of animals in vehicles . Now, it is not the same to travel with a dog or a cat in a tourism than to do it on a motorcycle or a scooter . In this regard, adhering to the General Circulation Regulations, to ensure the safety of the driver and / or occupants, that of the pet itself and that of other road users, it is appropriate to consider a series of issues.
Pets on board: size does matter
First of all, the first thing to weigh is whether we are prepared to have a pet . Do we have the necessary economic resources to guarantee food, visits to the veterinarian, etc.? Is our house spacious enough so that it can move freely? Will we have time to take care of the animal? What will we do with it if we have to travel or travel to enjoy the well-deserved vacation?
Taking the decision to adopt a pet, and appreciating that we will ever transport it on our motorcycle or scooter, it is essential that we opt for a small animal . In this sense, a cat will not give us problems, but in the case of dogs it will not be the same to travel with a Great Dane, a Mastiff or a Bulldog , characterized by its large dimensions, than with the company calls (Australian Terrier, Poodle , Pekinese, etc.), much smaller.
Traveling on a motorcycle with a pet: Transport accessories
And once the pet has been chosen – if possible, small and light -, transport it … If the motorcycle or the scooter has a rear grill – if not, it can be purchased separately as an optional accessory in specialized establishments-, the most recommended is to use a trasportín .
As we explained in the article “Luggage on a motorcycle: how to place the load correctly” , it has to be verified that the rear trunk – in this case, the carrier – is perfectly anchored , since if an octopus was released during the journey of subject, the consequences could be serious for the animal and / or the rest of users of the route.
Another option is to opt for a backpack . Logically, it is important that it is homologated , since it will enable the animal to enjoy a certain capacity for movement and, most importantly, that it can breathe – therefore, it is discouraged to use a conventional backpack model . For this form of transport, it is especially important that the pet is small and, above all, that it weighs little if the backpack is to be carried on the back – on the scooters it can also be located between the driver’s legs.
This last -we refer to the weight- can be applied to the breastplates , indicated to transport an animal on the chest in any circumstance but not driving a motorcycle or a scooter . Recalling article 18 of the General Circulation Regulations, “the driver of a vehicle is obliged to maintain his own freedom of movement” and it is more likely that a bib overall will hinder the handling of the vehicle .
Once this possibility has been ruled out, it is also possible to use a bag for the deposit, just like the backpack, approved . But, in line with the previous paragraph, it should not be an obstacle in driving . In addition, it should be considered that this type of accessory usually has a weight limitation , so, once again, it is wise to have chosen a small and light animal.
Otherwise – to be the owner, as we have seen before, of a Great Dane, a Mastiff, a Bulldog, etc. – we will always have the option of using a sidecar . If so, experts recommend training the animal to acclimatize to the space and use a sheath that avoids, if possible, leaving it and a dome to protect it from the weather.
The importance of acclimatization
But the issue of acclimatization is not something reserved only for large pets traveling in a sidecar. On the contrary, it is a question that must be put into practice with any animal that is going to be transported on a motorcycle or a scooter .
It is best to familiarize yourself with the vehicle from small through short trips . In this way, in the case of being afraid, being transported will start to see it as something normal and will travel more relaxed. Of course, as with people, in long trips it is convenient to make periodic stops for our pet to walk, hydrate or do their needs.
Already put, it is worth remembering that Article 127 of the General Circulation Regulations makes clear that “it is prohibited to leave animals without custody on any kind of road or in its vicinity, provided that there is the possibility that they can invade the road” . And for those who are tempted to abandon their pet, we will say that this action, considered a crime, is regulated in all the CCAA of our country. As for economic sanctions, they can reach 90,000 euros .
For all the above, it is possible to travel by motorcycle with a pet provided it is done with common sense and responsibility . The law does not prevent it and, in addition, there are approved accessories for transport. In our hands is to make a correct use of them and take care of those who, as the popular slogan would say, would never abandon us.