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 Parents/carers must be aware that seats can be withdrawn at short notice and a spare seat in a vehicle is not necessarily available for use.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
|Up to 5 miles*
|5.01 to 7.5 miles*
|7.51 to 10 miles*
|Over 10 miles*
*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.