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Petitioning Department for Transport HM Government

The Government: Make it a legal requirement for drivers to report accidents involving cats

Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, section 170, it is a legal requirement to report any road accident which causes damage to any animal which is not on or in the vehicle involved. The definition of 'animal' however does not include cats. Currently only dogs, horses, sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, ass and mules are included.

This Act should be amended to include cats.

This will ensure that cats hit on the road can be dealt with appropriately and perhaps in some cases, prevent fatalities. Cats are regarded by owners as members of their family and should be accorded similar rights to dogs with regard to road traffic accidents.

Letter to
Department for Transport HM Government
Dear Sir,

Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, section 170, it is a legal requirement to report any road accident which causes damage to any animal which is not on or in the vehicle involved. The definition of 'animal' however does not include cats. Currently only dogs, horses, sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, ass and mules are included.
The law needs to change this to include felines. This will ensure that cats hit by cars on the road can be dealt with appropriately and perhaps in some cases, it may prevent fatalities. It is our belief that it is time that cats be accorded the same rights as dogs in road accidents and the law should be amended as quickly as possible to reflect this.