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Passenger Service Registration Information

This section is designed for passenger transport providers. In this section you will find information about the Public Transport Management Act 2008. You will also find information about your obligations as a transport provider in the Hawke's Bay Region.

All aspects of registration of public transport services are covered by the Public Transport Management Act 2008.

Register of commercial public transport services

In accordance with the Public Transport Management Act 2008, a regional council must keep a current register of all commercial public transport services registered by it.

A register of transport services helps the regional council to plan public transport within the region and determine where it may wish to fill gaps with contracted services.

Who needs to register?

Part 2 section 31 of the Public Transport Management Act 2008 requires any person who proposes to operate a commercial public transport service to give written notice to every regional council in whose region the proposed service is to operate, no less than 35 working days before the commercial service is to start.

This does not apply if the commercial public transport service does not pick up or drop off passengers in the region.

The registration process

Intending operators of commercial passenger transport services in the Hawke’s Bay region are required to complete the appropriate registration forms (forms can be downloaded below). Completed forms should be returned to Hawke’s Bay Regional Council with a copy of your Passenger Service Licence, no less than 35 working days before the commercial service is to start.

Acceptance of registration

The regional council will register a passenger service within 30 working days of receiving a notice of the application if the service is accepted.

Decline of registration

In cases where the registration is declined, the regional council will notify the operator of the proposed service within 15 working days of receiving a notice of the proposed services, explaining the reasons for the intention to decline and the operator’s rights under section 52 to appeal a final decision.

Grounds for declining to register commercial public transport services are:

  • That it is likely to have a material adverse effect on the financial viability of any contracted service; or
  • That it is likely to increase the cost to the regional council of any contracted public transport service; or
  • That it is contrary to sound traffic management or any environmental factor identified by the regional council as important to its region; or
  • If the regional council has reasonable grounds to believe that the commercial public transport service is unlikely to be operated in accordance with a control that will apply to the commercial public transport service: or
  • If the service to be registered is described in the regional public transport plan as a public transport service that the regional council proposes to be provided in its region; and
  • If notification of the registration is submitted between the date on which the regional council resolves to tender the provision of the service as a contracted public transport service and the date on which the service commences as a contracted public transport service.

Variation to registered commercial public transport services

An operator must give notice of no less than 35 working days before the variation of the commercial service is to take effect.

Grounds for declining to vary registered commercial public transport services can be seen in part 2 section 37 of the Public Transport Management Act 2008.

Registration forms for Service Provide

Application to register a non-scheduled commercial passenger service

Application to register a scheduled commercial passenger service

Application to vary or withdraw a registered service

Completed forms and a copy of your Passenger Service Licence should be posted to: Passenger Transport, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Private Bag 6006, Napier 4142.

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