Have your say about pet dogs on ferries trial

Published Friday, 30 August, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey

Brisbane River commuters can have their say on a proposed trial to allow pet dogs on ferries and City Cats.

TransLink’s customer survey is open until September 30, asking for feedback on how the trial should run.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said now was the time for people to make their voice heard.

"There will undoubtedly be different views on this — which is why I encourage anyone who catches a ferry or City Cat and has an interest in this to share their views.

"We want to get the right balance between customer comfort and safety while making sure there is space for dogs on ferries too.

“TransLink will gather feedback through September with a view to starting the trial before the end of this year.

“There are many places around the world that allow dogs on public transport so I think now is the right time for a trial on ferries to see what people think about it.”

The five-minute customer survey questions include what size of pet dog should be allowed on ferries and how many should be onboard at one time.

As part of the trial, pet dogs will be allowed on both ferries and City Cats on the condition:

  • They only travel during off-peak times (pet dogs will not be permitted between 6am and 8:30am and 3:30pm – 7pm Monday to Friday)
  • Be in a carrier, or on a lead and wearing a muzzle
  • Remain under the control of their handler at all times.

TransLink will work closely with Brisbane City Council and the delivery partner who operate the ferries.

Commuters can fill in the Pets on public transport survey until 30 September 2019.

TransLink will then consider feedback from customers and stakeholders to finalise the conditions of the trial, including the rules for carrying pet dogs.


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