Buses and taxis (including shuttles), that carry passengers for hire or reward, must meet all the vehicle standards required of them. There are added safety requirements because they provide public transport.
Light buses are defined as buses that carry more than 9 people but are still light vehicles, meaning they weigh up to 3500kg when fully loaded.
Heavy buses have a gross vehicle mass (GVM) over 3500kg.
Small passenger service vehicles (like taxis) must meet the usual standards for light vehicles.
Check the vehicle standards that apply for:
The Land Transport Rule: Passenger Service Vehicles 1999 sets out:
See the additional licence requirements for drivers of passenger service vehicles.
The Ministry of Education(external link) manages school bus contracts and has particular requirements to ensure school bus safety.