If you intend to drive a bus or small charter vehicle for commercial purposes, you will require an F-extension to your current driver's licence. Your driver's licence must also authorise you to drive the relevant class of vehicle.
An F extension is required to:
- Drive a motor vehicle carrying passengers during working hours as part of your general employment;
- Drive a motor vehicle carrying passengers during working hours which is incidental to your general employment and the motor vehicle seats more than 12 persons; or
- Drive a passenger carrying motor vehicle being operated as an omnibus, charter bus, or limousine.
You will not require an F extension if you are carrying passengers in a voluntary capacity, if you are driving in the course of providing a child care service, or if you hold a T extension to your driver's licence (a T extension authorises you to drive a taxi).
If you intend to operate an omnibus, charter bus, or limousine hire business you will also require an omnibus licence.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
To be eligible for this licence you must:
- Be at least 21 years old;
- Have held a driver's licence for at least four years;
- Hold the class of licence for the vehicle you intend to drive;
- Be a person of good character;
- Pass a medical assessment to demonstrate you are mentally and physically fit to drive a vehicle for the purpose of carrying passengers; and
- Provide a National Police Certificate.
Please consult directly with the Contact Officer for further information on any eligibility requirements specific to your approval.
Road Traffic Act 1974
Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2008