Campidoglio, Regulation for the transfer of horse-drawn carriages in parks approved by the Assemblea Capitolina

Assemblea Capitolina has approved the Regulation on horse-drawn carriages (“botticelle”) requiring that the services offered by these vehicles in some parks in Rome be moved. The priority objective is the protection of the animals, together with safeguarding employment, giving the managers of the horse-drawn carriage services the option of converting their activities into taxi licences. A press release by the Campidoglio explains that among the main novelties is the exclusive use of certain breeds of draft horses, periodical medical-veterinarian check-ups, the compulsory presence of external thermometers on the carriages, a time limit of 7 hours for the use of the horses, respecting the required breaks. There is also a ban envisaged on circulation during the hottest time of the day in July and August, and in any event when the temperature is over 30 degrees Centigrade. Whoever breaches the obligations for protecting the animals will be subject to a fine of up to 500 Euros and the suspension or revocation of their licences in the most serious cases. A resolution passed by the Junta will also indicate the areas and routes for the service. Inspections conducted with the Environmental Protection Department and the Mobility and Transport Department have led to Villa Borghese, Villa Pamphili and Parco degli Acquedotti being deemed suited to the requirements of the animals, the safety of users and attractive from a tourist and cultural viewpoint.