The Transport, Urban Development and Air Quality Committee (TUDAQ) of Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) has today supported a notice of motion to include a policy on ‘Pets on buses’ in its draft Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP). The RPTP is a legislative document that sets out our objectives and policies for delivering public transport in Canterbury.
Staff will develop community and stakeholder engagement to inform an updated ‘Pets on buses’ policy, which will be added to the draft RPTP (2024-2034).
The draft RPTP will be revised by staff in the coming months with input from reference groups and key stakeholders. This will be shared with the community for their feedback in the second half of next year.
Councillor Joe Davies brought the motion to the Committee at its meeting earlier today.
“This is an exciting step forward for our four-legged friends,” he said.
“I think it’s really important that we look at allowing pets, and specifically dogs, on our buses. This is something the community should have the right to have a say on,” he added.