A large passenger service uses vehicles that are designed or adapted to carry more than 12 people (including the driver) as passengers, for example buses.
You need a large passenger service licence regardless of whether you operate for hire or reward or not.
You'll need to apply at a driver licensing agent.
You need to provide:
For any questions regarding Transport Service Licence applications, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Under section 30L of the Land Transport Act 1998, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency must be satisfied that anyone who will have, or is likely to have, control or involvement in the operation of the transport service is a fit and proper person.
Anyone who has direct or indirect control of any part of the management of the organisation must complete a Personal details form (TL02) [PDF, 77 KB] and provide evidence of identity. This is so we can determine if they all meet the requirements of a fit and proper person.
The Land Transport Rule: Operator Licensing 2017 requires all vehicles operating under a large passenger service licence to display a TSL label.
TSL labels are required so that operators who rent, lease, borrow or share vehicles can move their details easily between vehicles. The labels also allow a passenger or enforcement officer to identify the licence the service is working under.
One of the requirements for getting a large passenger service licence is that either the licence holder or a person in control of the service needs to hold a certificate of knowledge of law and practice.
This shows that the holder of the certificate has the required knowledge of the laws and practices relating to the safe, efficient and proper operation of a transport service.
Anyone working for your service that is going to be driving passengers will also need a passenger (P) endorsement on their driver licence.
There’s an annual TSL fee of $98.87 for each vehicle operated under your TSL. You'll pay this as part of each vehicle's licence fees (rego).
It’s illegal to operate an unlicensed large passenger service. If you’re convicted, you may face a fine of up to $10,000. The fine increases to a maximum of $25,000 for subsequent convictions.
In addition to the fine, the court may impound vehicles used in an unlicensed service for up to 90 days (no matter who owns them).