Privilege school transport

Spare seats on Hampshire County Council contracted transport

Transport services are provided by Hampshire County Council for those children eligible for help in getting to school. Given the impact of COVID-19 and the requirement to ensure that home to school transport service is safe and suitable for those who qualify for Local Authority funded transport assistance, we are currently unable to confirm the exact number of spare seats that may be available for non-eligible students.

Our service allowing parents to make privilege seat applications for the current school year 20/21 is now open, but we must advise those making applications that we do not expect to be in a position to process these until at least 6 October 2020. This is because we are continuing to process late applications for eligible children.

Any application for a privilege seat could take up to four weeks from this date to be processed and for transport to begin. You will receive confirmation on whether a seat is available as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience at this time.

We appreciate that this may cause difficulties for some families, but it is important that we advise anyone making an application for a privilege seat now, so that families have the opportunity to make alternative travel arrangements for children to attend school during the coming half term should they need to.

Further updates will be published as soon as they become available.

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 Parents/carers must be aware that seats can be withdrawn at short notice and a spare seat in a vehicle is not necessarily available for use.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.

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

For further information, read the guidance notes

If you wish to apply for Privilege Transport for the current 2020-21 academic year, please email the Home to School Transport Team at to request an application form.