Councillor Simon Menzies says he has received numerous phone calls from Mosman residents who’ve learned of the ferry restriction, prompting him to start a petition to have the rule reversed.
In just 24 hours, more than 300 signatures have been collected.
“Local dog owners are frustrated that their freedom has been taken away with little warning,” he told Mosman Collective.
“Residents should be able to use the ferry system without a Nanny state restricting them and their animals.
“I find it ridiculous that people are being asked to bring a box if they wish to travel with their pet.”
Councillor Menzies said Mosman had a “high number” of large dogs, with most pet owners responsible and law abiding.
“How on earth could you get your Labrador or Golden Retriever into a box,” he said, “it’s beyond ridiculous to think of a great big dog being carried onto the ferry in a cardboard box or covered washing basket.”
A survey conducted by Sydney University estimates 2.4 million dog-related trips are carried out in Sydney by private car each week, many of them due to pet restrictions placed on public transport.
“It is counter-productive to increase the use of public transport at a time when there are too many cars on the road in Sydney,” Councillor Menzies said, “and this move by Sydney Ferries just creates a barrier for people who have always travelled with their dog.”