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Guidance for operators on changes to bus registration process

New legislation governing the way in which local bus services are registered in Scotland came into effect on 31 January 2016 with the introduction of the Public Service Vehicles (Registration of Local Services) Amendment Regulations 2015.

While the overall time scale for the submission of registration applications will remain at 70 days, the pre-registration period within that has increased from 14 to 28 days. The Scottish Government intends that the bus operator and SPT use this extended period for meaningful early dialogue about the proposed service changes and to address any likely problems which may arise. SPT fully supports the new process and we are confident that bus operators will demonstrate a similar willingness to make it work for the benefit of the passenger.

To assist operators in making the transition to the new registration process, we have compiled the below links to forms and documents, including Best Practice for Bus Operators. Following the guidance in these links will help ensure a smooth transition to the new process.

All submissions for Local Bus Services should be made using the below forms.

Application to Register a Local Bus Service in Scotland (PSV350)

Application to Change or Cancel details of a Local Service Registration in Scotland (PSV355)

Supplementary Form (Short Notice) PSV350A

Local Bus Service Registration in Scotland – Guide for Operators