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What is a Journey Form (formerly known as Waybills)?

As of 4 December 2011 the international carriage of passengers by coach and bus is governed by Regulation (EC) No 1073/2009.

The international carriage of passengers by coach and bus is conditional on the possession of a Community licence. Any road passenger transport operator possessing a valid Community licence, issued by the Member State of establishment, has free access to the whole international EU road transport market. In the Republic of Ireland these are issued by the Department of Transport, please see www.rtol.ie for further information.

Carriers are required to carry a certified true copy of the Community licence aboard each of their vehicles, in order to facilitate effective controls by enforcement authorities, especially those outside the Member State in which the carrier is established.

The Regulation defines the different types of coach and bus service and the specific requirements they must fulfil to access the market.

Journey Forms are required for the following types of services:

  • special regular services (e.g. the transport of workers or schoolchildren), which shall not require a national authorisation, if covered by a contract between the organiser and the transport operator. These services only require a journey form (formerly known as way bills). Journey Forms are available from the National Transport Authority. Please see Request a Journey Form Book for further details on how to order a book of Journey Forms.
  • occasional services (e.g. the transport of a group of young people to a concert in another Member State, or a one-off tourist trip), which only require a journey form. Journey Forms are available from the National Transport Authority. Please see Request a Journey Form Book for further details on how to order a book of Journey Forms.