VALENCIA’S municipal buses welcomed their first canine passengers on Monday after the introduction of the special EMT Mascota Card. Sunny and Pepo were the first official users of the card, which costs five euros and grants unlimited travel on the network for two years. However, dogs over 15 kilos are excluded from the scheme which has upset some owners of large dogs who are alleging discrimination. EMT has said that this is for health and safety reasons as they are too large to travel in a pet basket which is a requirement for the protection of other passengers. The operator says that the driver will always have the ultimate discretion so if a passenger has phobias or allergies, they need to let the driver know before he allows pooches onboard.