Services Requiring a Licence
A public bus passenger service is defined in the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009 (PTR Act 2009) as a service where:
- Each journey is open to use by any member of the public;
- A charge or charges are paid in respect of each passenger; and
- Except where the Authority otherwise determines, the service is provided on a regular and scheduled basis and carriage is provided between specified terminal points or along a specified route or otherwise in accordance with a published timetable.
All public bus passenger services require a bus licence as per the PTR Act 2009 except for:
- Those provided solely for the carriage of children to or from school;
- Services that are subject to a Public Services Obligation Contract entered into under Section 48 of the DTA Act 2008;
- International services (authorised under EU regulations)
- Private-hire services where a bus is hired on behalf of a group for a fee that is determined independent of the number of passengers carried.