Rats on buses a possibility for ACT

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 24, 2014 in Rat News | Subscribe

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Mr Rattenbury said that it was not just small dogs and cats that the changes would apply to.

He said “people have all sorts of animals these days”, including rats.

Mr Rattenbury said the changes were aimed at helping those without cars. “Allowing passengers to carry their pets on the bus will help improve access to public transport for pet owners who have no other means of transporting their animal and might need to take them to the vet,” he said. 

The proposed policy does however give drivers the discretion to veto dirty or flea-infested animals.

The policy also sets new regulations around what bulky goods that can be taken on board, outlawing weapons, vehicle batteries, gas bottles, fireworks, fuel and any goods likely to spill.

Also under the new rules, if an item blocks aisles or exits, if the bus is close to carrying capacity, or if the person cannot carry the item off the bus themselves, they could be barred from catching the bus.

The policy sets new hard and fast rules for bikes on buses, officially relieving drivers of any duty to assist riders from putting bikes on or off the racks. The new guidelines rule drivers must remain seated in the cabin while a bike is mounted. 

Bikes must have a minimum wheel diameter of 20 inches and a maximum width of 7.5 centimetres, and electric, tandem and kids bikes will be prohibited.

“These sorts of policies make it easier for people to catch the bus and are part of the ACT Government’s commitment to encouraging and supporting Canberrans to use public transport and providing sustainable and convenient alternatives to car use,” Mr Rattenbury said.

There will be a month long consultation period, which ends December 5. A survey can be completed online, at www.timetotalk.act.gov.au, and hardcopy surveys are available at all ACT libraries.


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