By Juliano Oliveira
Dog owners will be allowed to travel with their pets on Brisbane ferries for the next three months starting this December.
Queensland Government has determined a period of trial in which Translink will be monitoring the public response on the dogs on CityCats and how it influences their use of the service.
Over three months, smaller dogs can either travel in a secure carrier or on a lead with a muzzle, while larger dogs will need to be on a lead with a muzzle. Pets can travel between 8.30am – 3.30pm and 7pm – 6am weekdays and all weekend.
According to the administration, pet owners will also need to make sure:
. they only have two dogs per handler
. they carry waste bags and clean up any mess the dog makes onboard
. dogs remain under control at all times without disturbing passengers
. pets must stay with their handler outside the ferry cabin
. all waste is to be taken off the vessel and not put in bins or left on board
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey highlighted that dogs are allowed on public transport in cities across the world, including Sydney and Melbourne.
“For many dogs and their owners, this will be the first time travelling via ferry, so we’re introducing a number of conditions to make sure everyone is safe when they travel,” Mr Bailey said.
RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Queensland spokesperson Michael Beatty said the initiative was a step in the right direction.
“We believe the dogs on ferries trial is steering Brisbane towards pet friendly policies of the like seen across other major cities in the world,” Mr Beatty said.