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Dan Andrews BANS Melbourne’s iconic horse-drawn carriages from the CBD

Dan Andrews BANS Melbourne’s iconic CBD horse-drawn carriages as part of an effort to improve safety

Horse-drawn carriages will be banned from busy Melbourne inner city streets from next month.

Carriages are not allowed on public roads in the CBD area, bounded by Flinders Street, Spring Street, La Trobe Street and Spencer Street.

Operators are still allowed to drive the carriages outside this zone within the city of Melbourne, with pre-booked passengers.

Victorian government wants to ban horse-drawn carriages (pictured) on some streets in Melbourne’s inner city

Roads Secretary Ben Carroll says it would ensure safer streets and protect animal welfare.

“We’ve heard community concerns about horse-drawn carriages and this proposal will improve safety for everyone on some of our busiest streets,” he said.

“We will continue to work with our road safety partners, RSPCA and the community to ensure animal welfare and safety across the industry.”

The plan came about after concerns about the horses (photo) and the road safety of the public

The plan came about after concerns about the horses (photo) and the road safety of the public

Melbourne Mayor Sally Capp says it will improve safety on some of the city’s busiest roads and allow better management of horse-drawn carriages.

“We know road and footpath space in the Hoddle Grid is scarce, so we need to keep people moving as best we can,” she said.

The Victorian government has previously said the horse-drawn carriages pose a danger to drivers, their passengers, horses and other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, trams, drivers, e-scooter riders, vans and commercial passenger cars.  Pictured is Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews

The Victorian government has previously said the horse-drawn carriages pose a danger to drivers, their passengers, horses and other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, trams, drivers, e-scooter riders, vans and commercial passenger cars. Pictured is Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews

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