Amend an Existing Licence

If you already have an existing public bus passenger service licence, you must apply to amend the licence before any changes to the service can be implemented – this includes the addition or removal of any stops, or any changes to the route.

When considering an application for the grant or amendment of a licence, the Authority under the PTR Act, 2009 and the pursuant Guidelines on the Licensing of Public Bus Passenger Services (the Guidelines), takes into consideration a number of criteria. Please see Section 5 of the Guidelines for further details.

It is advisable that you familiarise yourself with these criteria so as to present your application in the best way possible.

It is also in your interest to provide in your application to the Authority as much detailed information as you can about the service you intend to provide, including the following:

  • the market it will serve;
  • how it will add value for public transport users;
  • any information you have regarding the number of potential passengers. To demonstrate that there is demand for your proposed service you should include any documentation, such as passenger questionnaires, evidence of new or expanding passenger pools (e.g. businesses, universities, shopping centres, housing estates) along the proposed route, requests from local businesses etc. which support your application;
  • how it differs from existing public transport services; and
  • information about accessibility of your vehicle(s) and/or service(s) for people with disabilities.

Prior to application you will require:

  • A verification number to demonstrate your tax cleared status, as issued by the Revenue Commissioners; and
  • A valid Road Passenger Transport Operators Licence or a valid European Community Licence, both of which are issued by the Department of Transport.

To make a complete and valid application to amend a public bus passenger service licence you must supply the following:

  • Completed NTA amendment form;
  • Appropriate amendment fee;
  • Complete timetable for proposed service;
  • Fare table;
  • A verification number to demonstrate your tax cleared status;
  • A complete map of the proposed route (if the route is being changed); and
  • Maps clearly showing each new individual stop if new stops are being requested (if they are Dublin Bus or Bus Éireann stops, please note the stop number, if available, on the timetable).

You may also include any of the following documentation. Inclusion at application stage will greatly speed up the process as if the Licence amendment is offered they may be required later in the process if not submitted:

  • Stop approval from either the land owner or the relevant road authority for every stop where passengers board or alight the bus (if new stops are being sought);
  • A copy of a valid Insurance for all vehicles proposed to operate the service (if previous documentation provided is now out of date);
  • A copy of a valid PSV for all vehicles proposed to operate the service A copy of a valid Insurance for all vehicles proposed to operate the service (if previous documentation provided is now out of date);
  • Vehicle livery description (if the livery has changed since last submitted) or
  • A copy of the Certificate of Roadworthiness for all vehicles proposed to operate the service.

When can I start?

Where an application for an amendment is made, you must wait for the licence amendment to be granted by the Authority before you start.

The existence of an application to amend an existing licence does not confer any rights to provide the public bus passenger service while the application is under consideration by the Authority. This would be in contravention of the PTR Act, 2009.

In other words, you cannot change the licensed service you already provide without a licence being granted by the Authority.

If an offer for a licence is made, you still have to provide a few documents before you can start. An offer is not a licence. What is offered to you by the Authority may be different to what you have applied for. This will be explained to you at this stage (e.g. offered timetable). Acceptance of an offer must be in writing. An offer is indicative and not legally binding as the granting of a licence is conditional on receipt of any outstanding documentation and/ or payments which will be notified to the applicant.

Please see the Authority’s Guidelines for the Licensing of Public Bus Passenger Services and the Brief Guide Public Bus Passenger Services for more information.

The Application Form is available to view and download here.