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.
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:
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;
any new RPT service to which the vehicle is engaged competes directly with
established, government subsidised routes; and
from relevant local government authorities and where appropriate private land
owners for stopping spaces.
licensed RPT's can:
state-wide, including off-road or in remote areas provided they have a safety
management plan in place;
any number of seats;
both RPT and charter vehicle work although not simultaneously or in different
parts of the same journey;
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.
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.