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Push for our fur babies to travel with us on Perth's public transport system

Push for our fur babies to travel with us on Perth's public transport system

Dogs are such a big part of our daily lives, there’s now a renewed push for them to travel on public transport, bringing Perth and its companion animals in line with other global cities.

European and US cities have welcomed pets on public transport for years but in Australia, rules vary widely and in most States only assistance dogs are guaranteed a ride.

In WA, pet dogs are banned from travel on buses, ferries, trains and taxis unless they are registered assistance dogs.

Some argue this is disadvantaging dog owners who don’t drive, including the elderly and people with disabilities.

A YouGov Galaxy poll has found more than 55 per cent of Australians supported dogs on public transport, with almost two in three people in WA supporting the idea.

But a Public Transport Authority spokesman said there were no plans to relax the rules and allow pets on public transport in WA.

“The Public Transport Authority does not allow animals on board its services or on its infrastructure, except for guide dogs, and approved assistance dogs certified by the Department of Local Government and Communities,” he said.

He said it was not realistic to expect family pets to meet the PTA’s strict criteria on hygiene and behaviour under its Accessibility Policy.