All aspects of passenger service licensing, notification and registration are covered by the Public Transport Management Act 2008 (the Act).
A passenger service licence is required before a service can operate. Under the Act, anyone who can satisfy the Secretary for Transport that they are “fit and proper” persons will be eligible for a licence to operate any passenger service. A register of transport services helps us plan public transport within our Region and determine where we may wish to fill gaps with contracted services. The register is available to the public, free of charge or at a reasonable charge, during normal office hours, from our office in Palmerston North.
The Public Transport Management Act 2008 requires every person who proposes to operate a passenger service to notify the appropriate regional council no later than 35 working days (or as specified in our Regional Passenger Transport Plan) before the service is to commence. Any long-distance service provider that picks up or sets down passengers within a region is required to register in that region.
It is an offence carrying a maximum fine of $30,000 (first offence) under section 57 of the Public Transport Management Act 2008 for any passenger service licence holder to operate a service that has not been registered. Registered services must be operated unless there is “reasonable excuse”.
To confirm if your services operate within our Region, please see our map.
Registration is not required where the service:
Intending operators of commercial passenger transport services in the Manawatu-Wanganui region are required to complete the appropriate registration forms (these forms can be downloaded below). Completed forms should be returned to us with a copy of their Passenger Service Licence, at least 35 working days before the service is due to commence, or as specified in the relevant regional public transport plan.
There is no cost involved with registering a passenger transport service.
We will register a passenger service within 30 working days of receiving the application if the service is accepted. In cases where the registration is declined, we will:
We may decline registration of a service only where it:
Where we decline any registration or variation of a registration, the operator may appeal to the District Court within 20 working days of receiving the decision. The District Court may confirm, vary or reverse the decision, or may refer the matter back for reconsideration.
An operator must give us at least 35 workings days notice of their intention to abandon or vary a registered service. We may reduce or waive the notice period. As with a new service, we have 30 workings days within which to either change, withdraw or decline the registration.