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.
The grant of a RPT vehicle licence is dependent on whether the issue of the licence is in the public interest. Particular account will be taken of:
- the benefit to consumers of any new RPT service on which the vehicle is engaged
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.