Consultations on proposed changes to section 10B permits and guidance on minibus driving

Consultation opened on 22 September 2017. Closing date 08 December 2017.


The Department has launched a joint consultation on proposed changes to section 10B permits and revised guidance on minibus driving requirements. The proposed changes to s10B permits will clarify the licensing requirements for anyone providing bus passenger transport. The revised minibus guidance is intended to provide clear and detailed information for minibus drivers and operators


Consultation description

This package contains two consultations.  Together the consultations clarify the licensing and qualification framework for bus passenger transport. 

The consultation on proposed changes to section 10B permits seeks your views on a potential change to the eligibility to hold section 10B permits to align the licensing system, with the requirements set out in Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 and already directly applicable. Policy development has shown there is a need for the Department to clarify the obligations for all those seeking to provide bus passenger transport in Northern Ireland.  The proposals are aimed at promoting road and passenger safety by ensuring that the operation is effectively managed, vehicles properly maintained and the drivers appropriately trained.

The consultation on minibus driving, is intended to seek your views on the Department’s interpretation of the legislation and whether the revised guidance provided is clear, easily understood and covers all the circumstances in which minibuses are driven.

The Summary Report following the consultation is now available.



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