Purchasing a spare seat on a school transport bus
If the number of pupils entitled to free school transport is fewer than the capacity of the bus, the spare seats are made available for purchase by pupils who do not qualify for free school transport.
The Council regrets that following further guidance issued by the Welsh Government on 9 July 2021, the sale of spare seats scheme will be suspended for the 2021/2022 academic year.
We have a duty to provide free transport to pupils who are eligible. Where pupils do not qualify for free transport then they can apply to purchase a spare seat on a school bus. These spare seats are made available to pupils living within the school catchment area on a first-come first-served basis. They will only be offered to pupils living outside the catchment if available. The buses cannot be diverted or extended to accommodate seat purchasers and we are unable to increase the size of the vehicle.
If the number of pupils entitled to free transport increases at any time then pupils who have paid to use a spare seat may have to give up their place and a refund will be given on surrender of their pass.
Applications can be made throughout the year. Following the allocation of free places any spare seats will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.