Privilege school transport

Spare seats on Hampshire County Council contracted transport

Owing to the impact of Covid-19 and the resulting social distancing measures on transport, we are currently unable to confirm the number of spare seats that will be available from September 2020. Although applications for the next school year will be opening on 01 June, we may not be able to inform applicants of the outcome, or provide an update, until after the new school year has begun. Priority will be given to making safe and suitable arrangements for children eligible for Local Authority funded transport assistance.

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 are not usually allocated until after the school year has begun, and potentially not until October. 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 Parents/carers must be aware that seats can be withdrawn at short notice and a spare seat in a vehicle is not necessarily available for use.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 2020/21 academic year is now open.

If you wish to apply for transport assistance for the current academic year, please email school.transport@hants.gov.uk to request a link to the 2019/20 application form.

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

For further information, read the guidance notes