Spare capacity seating on School Transport contracted transport

Students who are not eligible for Hampshire County Council funded transport assistance may be able to buy spare seats on School Transport contracted by the Council. Spare capacity seats incur a fee which the parent/carer must pay.

These 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 Parents/carers must be aware that seats can be withdrawn at short notice and a spare seat in a vehicle is not necessarily available for use. Please note that there may be space on existing contracted transport but we decline your application. The School Transport service must retain a number of spaces on contracted transport for eligible children and/ or emergencies.

The charging structure for Spare capacity seats 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 a spare capacity seat on school transport

You must submit an application if you would like to apply for a spare capacity seat. Please note that use of this service will incur a charge.

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

We are accepting applications for the 2023/2024 academic year.

The School Transport policy applies to all spare capacity seat transport applications..

For further information, read the guidance notes

To submit an application for a spare capacity seat, use the Education Online Portal. You will need to register for an account if you do not have one already before being able to make an application.