Last year, eBus began a trial of dogs on buses. Phase one allowed small dogs in a suitable carry container. That was successful and has led to phase two, allowing all dogs on board, this time with a muzzle and leash.

A 12-week trial of dogs on our eBus network began on 1 April.

As it is a trial we will be accepting feedback from dog owners, and other eBus users and this will be used to decide how the service will continue if it gets through the trial phase.

You can travel with your pet on weekdays between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm, after 6.30pm, and all-day on weekends and public holidays.

All dogs must be wearing a cage type muzzle and lead or be travelling in an approved pet carrier.

Pet carriers must be small enough to fit under a seat, or on the passenger’s lap.

You are responsible for your pet’s mess and must ensure that any pet mess is cleaned up before leaving the bus.

Your dog gets free travel on the bus.

You may be unable to board the bus with your dog if the bus is too crowded.

You may be refused entry or asked to leave the bus if your pet is likely to, or is causing a safety risk or nuisance to other passengers. If this happens you won’t be entitled to a refund.

Children younger than 16 years old cannot travel with a dog unless they travel with an adult.

You may be asked to move if a disability dog boards to avoid it being distracted by other dogs.

Only one dog per customer is permitted.

This is a trial so it is really important for pet owners to stick to the rules if we want this to become a permanent part of our eBus service. As it is a trial we will be looking for feedback from dog owners, and other bus passengers and this will determine how the service will continue if it is to pass the trial phase.

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