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There are no plans to allow pets on Otago buses, but the idea could be be reviewed next year.
Auckland Transport is trialling allowing contained pets on buses and trains during off-peak hours.
This follows Wellington, which has done the same.
The Otago Regional Council has no plans to follow suit but said yesterday its Regional Public Transport Plan was being drafted, which would be an opportunity to include the policy for review next year.
Council transport manager Gerard Collings said not all pets were well-trained and ''not everyone likes dogs, cats and other pets''.
''As a public service with patronage of around 250,000 rides per month in Dunedin and 140,000 per month in Queenstown currently, we have to be mindful of the needs and comfort of all of our customers, looking also at seating capacity and aisle space.''
The council's policy allowed service dogs such as guide and hearing dogs, and puppies in training, to board buses with their caregivers.
''They are expected to be on a lead and sitting on the floor.''
Otago Heritage Bus member Andrew Robinson said its Dunedin services, which operate on three holidays a year, have allowed pets on board without cages since 2013.
They had no problems, he said.
''Dogs seem very adept at using buses.''