Dogs being accepted on buses

vbfg replied on 31/07/2020 15:42

Posted on 31/07/2020 15:42

I am a motorhomer and when I was at the Brecon site, some time ago I and decided to catch the bus to Brecon from the site with my 2 dogs.  I was in the queue when a couple arrived who had 3 small dogs.  When the bus arrived, the driver refused to allow us on the bus as we had dogs with us. I am not sure if this was because the driver did not allow dogs full stop, did not want so many dogs on the bus or if is the policy of that particular bus company.  I have never been refused passage or in fact had any hassle from a bus company driver due to having the dogs with me (although I was once refused passage by a replacement train, coach driver) and wondered if anyone has had this problem before in Brecon or anywhere else in the UK?

Rufs replied on 31/07/2020 15:49

Posted on 31/07/2020 15:42 by vbfg

I am a motorhomer and when I was at the Brecon site, some time ago I and decided to catch the bus to Brecon from the site with my 2 dogs.  I was in the queue when a couple arrived who had 3 small dogs.  When the bus arrived, the driver refused to allow us on the bus as we had dogs with us. I am not sure if this was because the driver did not allow dogs full stop, did not want so many dogs on the bus or if is the policy of that particular bus company.  I have never been refused passage or in fact had any hassle from a bus company driver due to having the dogs with me (although I was once refused passage by a replacement train, coach driver) and wondered if anyone has had this problem before in Brecon or anywhere else in the UK?

Posted on 31/07/2020 15:49

certainly in Scotland on Stage Coach public transport the rule was only one dog per bus/coach, so my guess is that as there were so many dogs the driver took the easy option and allowed zero dogs.

JVB66 replied on 31/07/2020 18:04

Posted on 31/07/2020 18:04

We have not been refused getting on a bus with our dog (one)sometimes free ,but i understand it is up to the driver if dogs are allowed on,   no matter what the company policy is

I have been refused when i had a can of paintsurprised

Also been on a bus when a disabled person was refused when the buggy area was already in use by a pram ,(of which the disabled person complained  he should have priority and the lady with all her shopping a toddler and baby in pram should get off undecided

 

eurortraveller replied on 31/07/2020 18:19

Posted on 31/07/2020 15:49 by Rufs

certainly in Scotland on Stage Coach public transport the rule was only one dog per bus/coach, so my guess is that as there were so many dogs the driver took the easy option and allowed zero dogs.

Posted on 31/07/2020 18:19

Stagecoach service website says one well behaved dog at the discretion of the driver - on all routes, not just in Scotland. Other companies have other rules - some more lenient, some more strict. Best to check in advance. 

brue replied on 31/07/2020 18:30

Posted on 31/07/2020 18:30

Yes, best to check. Gloucs buses don't allow any dogs except guide dogs. Some companies charge a small fee, (in Devon for instance) all down to driver's discretion. Maybe three tiny dogs but not three Great Danes etc...just be prepared and do your homework.

JVB66 replied on 31/07/2020 18:42

Posted on 31/07/2020 18:30 by brue

Yes, best to check. Gloucs buses don't allow any dogs except guide dogs. Some companies charge a small fee, (in Devon for instance) all down to driver's discretion. Maybe three tiny dogs but not three Great Danes etc...just be prepared and do your homework.

Posted on 31/07/2020 18:42

Has that changed? or just certain companies as we have taken one of our collies on Pulhams buses

EmilysDad replied on 31/07/2020 20:23

Posted on 31/07/2020 15:49 by Rufs

certainly in Scotland on Stage Coach public transport the rule was only one dog per bus/coach, so my guess is that as there were so many dogs the driver took the easy option and allowed zero dogs.

Posted on 31/07/2020 20:23

No idea if it was Stage Coach or not, but the public buses in Edinburgh City centre allowed Molly the Mutt onboard along with the two dogs of the people we were with

DavidKlyne replied on 31/07/2020 21:04

Posted on 31/07/2020 21:04

We use quite a few buses when we are away and whilst we don't have dogs we have been on plenty of buses that do. My advice would be to do your research before you go if it is a make or break situation. If you look at Google Earth you can check which bus operators work in the area to want to stay in and there is usually a link to the various company websites.

David

Rufs replied on 01/08/2020 11:41

Posted on 31/07/2020 20:23 by EmilysDad

No idea if it was Stage Coach or not, but the public buses in Edinburgh City centre allowed Molly the Mutt onboard along with the two dogs of the people we were with

Posted on 01/08/2020 11:41

an item on my bucket list was to get a PSV licence, i was 60+, and drive buses/coaches, I already had an HGV licence, again on bucket list, was based at depot in Mcduff, Stage Coach, rule was only one dog at discretion of driver, you could always tell those that were going to be a nuisance if we allowed more than one onboard.undecided 

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