Privilege school transport

Spare seats on Hampshire County Council contracted transport

Privilege transport applications for the 2022/2023 academic year - for those families who have applied or who wish to apply, we must advise that we do not expect to be in a position to process these applications until the second half of the autumn term. This year, there have been a large number of late applications for statutory transport, and it is our legal duty to process these first. You will be contacted as soon as all of the statutory applications for travel to your child’s school have been processed. We thank you in advance for your patience.

Students who are not eligible for Hampshire County Council funded transport assistance may be able to buy spare seats on Home to School Transport contracted by the Council. This is called “Privilege Transport” and incurs a fee which the parent/carer must pay.

Privilege seats may not be allocated until the first week after October Half term. Privilege seats are not guaranteed and can only be offered whilst the seat is not needed for an eligible student. Parents/carers must be aware that seats can be withdrawn at short notice and a spare seat in a vehicle is not necessarily available for use.

The charging structure for privilege transport is outlined here:

Distance to Travel Annual Charge Termly Cost
Up to 5 miles* £600 £200
5.01 to 7.5 miles* £831 £277
7.51 to 10 miles* £1,164 £388
Over 10 miles* £1,330 £443

*Distance to Travel is measured from the allocated pick-up point to the school. Hampshire County Council will use GIS mapping software to measure this distance.

Apply for privilege school transport

You must submit a form if you would like to apply for privilege transport. Please note that use of this service will incur a charge.

Parents/carers purchasing a privilege seat will need to submit a new application form each year.

The application round for Privilege Transport applications for the 2021/2022 academic year is now open.

The Home to School Transport policy applies to all privilege transport applications.

For further information, read the guidance notes