Omnibus - Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) Licence - Western Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to operate Omnibus - Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) vehicles. A RPT vehicle is one that is used in the provision of a public passenger service conducted on set routes with established pick-up and drop-off points in accordance with a regular timetable and for which passengers pay an individual predetermined fare.

You should be able to show that an RPT licence is in the public interest. Relevant considerations include:

  • the benefit to consumers of any new RPT service on which the vehicle is engaged
  • any safety issues associated with the use of the vehicle or the service on which the vehicle is engaged, including the proposed route, the roads to be travelled and the stopping locations
  • whether any new RPT service to which the vehicle is engaged competes directly with established, government subsidised routes
  • approval from relevant local government authorities and where appropriate private land owners for stopping spaces.

All licensed RPT's can:

  • operate state-wide, including off-road or in remote areas provided they have a safety management plan in place
  • have any number of seats
  • conduct both RPT and charter vehicle work although not simultaneously or in different parts of the same journey
  • charge any fares provided they have been calculated or agreed in advance and available in writing to the hirer prior to commencement of the journey.

RPT licensed vehicles must not park in, stop in or operate from taxi ranks nor ply for hire or carry passengers that have hailed the vehicle other than at a specified stop on an established RPT route.

A RPT licence may be issued to any type of vehicle so long as the vehicle is designed for the principal purpose of carrying passengers. A RPT vehicle owner / operator and driver are responsible for the roadworthiness of any RPT vehicle. The RPT vehicle must be able to pass a visual and mechanical inspection on initial licensing and every twelve (12) months thereafter.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To apply for a RPT licence you will need to provide a strong business case outlining the service to be provided and the expected benefit to customers. In particular:

  • justification for the service including how it will differ from existing services in the area
  • the proposed route and schedule including the exact route travelled with points of departure and arrival
  • locations of stops along the proposed route including rest / comfort stops, taking into account the opening hours of establishments such as roadhouses and fuel stations
  • destination(s) at which passengers may commence their journey along the proposed route
  • a fare schedule - the charge(s) to be levied on each passenger using the proposed service
  • a contingency plan to ensure the service can be provided in the event of vehicle or equipment failure
  • a vehicle maintenance programme and fatigue management programme for drivers.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Licensees of a RPT vehicle must keep and maintain appropriate records for both the charter work and RPT work that the vehicle does and make them available to an authorised officer during normal business hours, if requested.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

Fees will vary depending on the amount of seats on the RPT vehicle. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Apply Application All $44.00

Charter or RPT vehicles: Omnibus - issue of a pair of number plates annual licence fee

Other resources

Act(s) name

Transport Co-ordination Act 1966 WA

Regulation(s) name

Transport Co-ordination Regulations 1985 WA

Application process


To applyfor a RPT licence you will need to submit:

  1. An application for an Omnibus: Regular Passenger Transport Licence (ODT 13)
  2. A Statutory Application of motor Injury Insurance Class (ODT 5)
  3. A strong business case outlining the service to be provided and the expected benefit to customers.

Administering agency

Department of Transport

On-Demand Transport

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Customer Service

On-Demand Transport

Department of Transport

Operating address: 20 Brown Street
East Perth, Western Australia 6004
Mailing address: GPO BOX C102
Perth, Western Australia 6839
Phone: 1300 660 147
Website: On-Demand Transport (Opens in new window)