26 May 2017
The Animal Justice Party (AJP) today applauded Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle’s announcement to no longer provide permits for Horse-Drawn Carriages and reiterated the AJP call to ban all horse vehicles from entering the City of Melbourne.
Moving the horse drawn vehicle parking area between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane on Swanston Street from June 2017 is a significant first step in banning horse-drawn vehicles in the City of Melbourne.
Although the current horse drawn permits are due to expire in June 2017, the operators will move their horse-drawn carriages to a new, separate parking area on St Kilda Road. The carriages will still be able to enter the Melbourne CBD road network due to a Victorian road rule that classifies them as a vehicle.
The Animal Justice Party Victoria have run the campaign against Horse-Drawn Carriages for several years. At the recent council elections the AJP ran candidates specifically to lobby Melbourne City Council and advocate for changes.
Horse-drawn vehicles have no place in a modern city like Melbourne. They pose a safety risk to pedestrians; passengers; cyclists; public transport vehicles and importantly, the horses themselves.
AJP President Bruce Poon states: “The Animal Justice Party will continue to push for Vic Roads to ban the horse-drawn vehicles from entering the CBD altogether.”
Patricia Jenkins, Media and Communications Coordinator
Animal Justice Party, Victoria