Auckland Council votes to allow pets in carriers to travel on buses and trains

Nismo the dog got himself in a spot of bother after he hopped onto a Canterbury bus.
Nismo the dog got himself in a spot of bother after he hopped onto a Canterbury bus. Photo credit: Facebook

Auckland Council has followed Wellington's lead and voted to support allowing pets to travel on trains and buses.

The council planning committee discussed the suggestion on Tuesday after it was proposed by Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward Councillor Cathy Casey, Stuff reports.

Dogs and small animals have been allowed on ferries for some time, but previously animals were completely prohibited from buses and trains.

The committee voted unanimously in favour of allowing domesticated pets on public transport provided conditions are followed.

Furry friends will only be allowed to ride in off peak hours and in a suitable carrier that could fit in the luggage area or on the owners lap.

The rules are similar to those imposed by Greater Wellington Regional Council in March when it voted to let animals ride public transport in the capital.

"We've had requests over the years... [for] people to be able to take their animals on board the trains and the buses," Greater Wellington Regional Council Deputy Chair Barbara Donaldson told the AM Show at the time.

Auckland Transport will making a final decision about whether pets will be allowed on buses and trains later in 2018, following consultation with the public.

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