Industry Matters for Private Bus Operators

With the exception of Excursion Buses, applicants are required to apply to LTA, Bus and Vocational Licensing Division for prior approval to register/ transfer a bus.


What type of driving licence is required to drive a bus?

For queries on driving licences, you may wish to contact the Traffic Police Department at 10 Ubi Avenue 3, Singapore 408865. You can call them at 6547 0000 or fax them at 6547 4900.


Do I need a Certificate of Entitlement (COE) for my private bus?

  • All Excursion Buses, Private Buses and Private Hire Buses require a Category C or E ("open" for any type of vehicle) COE to be registered.
  • School Buses are exempted from COE. However, no new School Bus licences are available, and must be purchased from the resale market. Existing School Bus owners are allowed to register a replacement bus with the exemption of COE.

With the exception of Excursion Buses, applicants are required to apply to LTA, Bus and Vocational Licensing Division for prior approval to register/ transfer a bus.


Do I need insurance coverage for my private bus?

It is the bus owner’s responsibility to ensure sufficient insurance coverage for the type of bus service offered.

A valid insurance policy should ensure adequate compensation can be made out to a passenger who is injured or killed in an accident due to the negligence of the person driving the vehicle. You may wish to refer to the General Insurance Association of Singapore (GIAS) for queries on motor insurance.


Do I need to seek prior approval to lay up my bus?

Yes. Please submit an application letter stating the bus registration number and reason for the lay up to LTA, 10 Sin Ming Drive, Singapore 575701.


What are the requirements for private bus drivers?

All bus drivers (except Private Buses that ferry employees or business associates of the vehicle owners) require a valid General Bus Driver's Vocational Licence issued by the LTA.

To apply for a Bus Driver’s Vocational Licence (BDVL):

  • You must be a Singapore Citizen/Singapore Permanent Resident/Work Permit holder (with bus driver as your vocation).
  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You must have held a valid Class 3 Singapore driving licence for a continuous period of at least one year at the point of application.

Read more about Bus Driver’s Vocational Licence

For more info
Vehicle & Transit Licensing Group
10 Sin Ming Drive Singapore 575701
Tel: 1800 – CALL LTA (1800 – 2255 582)
Fax: (65) 6553 5329


How do I register or replace a School Bus?

Submit the following documents in post or in person to:
Land Transport Authority
Bus and Vocational Licensing Division
10 Sin Ming Drive
Singapore 575701
Attention: Manager, Bus Regulation

  • Application form
  • School Agreement or letter
  • Students’ Namelist endorsed by School Principal (Form A-1 & A-2) (2 copies)
  • Agreement with organisation to convey its employees, if any
  • Endorsed workers’ name list (Form B), if any
  • Photocopy of driver’s NRIC, vocational and driving licence
  • Seller’s letter of agreement to sell
  • Bus Owner’s documents:
    • Latest business profile from the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) for which one of the principal activities should be "Chartered Bus Services" or "Business relating to passenger transport" if the bus is to be registered in a company's name; OR
    • Photocopy of bus owner’s NRIC if the bus is to be registered to an individual.

Note: Owners of buses used to carry school children need to submit an updated Students' name list (Form A-1 & A2) on a yearly basis. Please submit a copy of the Students' name list to the abovementioned address.


Do School Bus owners (buses with CB-suffix registration number) have to display the Adult Workers' Contract (AWC) label?

No, School Buses are no longer required to display the AWC label.


How do I register or transfer a Private Hire Bus?

Submit the following documents in post or in person to:
Land Transport Authority
Bus and Vocational Licensing Division
10 Sin Ming Drive
Singapore 575701
Attention: Manager, Bus Regulation

  • Application form
  • Agreement with organisation to convey its employees and/or school to convey its students
  • Endorsed workers’ name list (Form B) and/or Students’ Namelist endorsed by School Principal (Form A-1 & A-2) (2 copies)
  • Photocopy of driver’s NRIC, vocational and driving licence
  • Seller’s letter of agreement to sell
  • Bus Owner’s documents:
    • Latest business profile from the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) for which one of the principal activities should be "Chartered Bus Services" or "Business relating to passenger transport" if the bus is to be registered in a company's name; OR
    • Photocopy of bus owner’s NRIC if the bus is to be registered to an individual.

 

Note: Owners of buses used to carry school children need to submit an updated Students' name list (Form A-1 & A2) on a yearly basis. Please submit a copy of the Students' name list to the abovementioned address.


How do I register or transfer a Private Bus?

Submit the following documents in post or in person to:
Land Transport Authority
Bus and Vocational Licensing Division
10 Sin Ming Drive
Singapore 575701
Attention: Manager, Bus Regulation

  • Application letter indicating the following information:
    • Intended use of the bus,
    • The seating capacity if it is for the registration of a new bus,
    • The number of private buses currently owned (if any), and
    • Registration number of the bus (for transfer cases)
  • Latest CPF Form 90
  • Latest business profile from the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)
  • Seller’s letter of agreement to sell

Can an existing Private Bus be converted to a Private Hire bus (PH) or vice versa?

Yes, but it is subject to LTA's approval.


How do I register or transfer an Excursion Bus?

There is no need to seek approval to register or transfer an Excursion Bus.

Private buses owned by individuals cannot be converted to an Excursion Bus. Only transport companies and tour operators may convert and register an Excursion Bus. The latest business profile from the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) must list "Chartered Bus Services" or "Tourists or Travel Agency" or "Business relating to passenger transport".

Note: Owners of buses used to carry school children need to submit an updated Students' name list (Form A-1 & A2) on a yearly basis. Please submit a copy of the Students' name list to the following address:

Land Transport Authority
Bus and Vocational Licensing Division
10 Sin Ming Drive
Singapore 575701
Attention: Manager, Bus Regulation

 


If I have converted my Private Hire Bus/ Private Bus/ School Bus to an Excursion Bus, can I convert it back to a Private Hire Bus/ Private Bus/ School Bus or vice versa?

Yes. There is no restriction on the number of conversion. No prior approval is needed from LTA's Bus &Vocational Licensing Division to convert a bus to an Excursion Bus. However, applicant is required to seek prior approval from LTA's Bus & Vocational Licensing Division to convert an Excursion Bus to any other type of bus.


Can my private bus enter Malaysia?

If you wish to enter Malaysia with your Singapore-registered private bus you have to check with the Land Public Transport Commission in Malaysia.

The contact details of the various Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) offices are as follows:

Region

Address

Contact Number

Central Aras 4, Blok Podium, No. 18,Persiaran Perdana, Presint 2
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62652 Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Tel No:03 - 8880 5500
Fax No: 03 - 8880 5621
North Lot 173 dan 174,
Taman Ria Jaya, Jalan Kelab Cinta Sayang,
08000 Sungai Petani
Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia.
Tel No: 04 - 4485 130
Fax No: 04 - 4485 110
East Wisma LPKP, Lot 2182, Jalan Bukit Kecil,
21100 Kuala Terengganu
Terengganu Darul Iman, Malaysia.
Tel No: 09 - 624 1111 or 09 - 626 1616
Fax No: 09 - 622 8996
South Lot 391, KM 7.2, Parit Bunga, Jalan Tangkak, 84000 Muar
Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia.
Tel No: 06 - 955 6000
Fax No: 06 - 955 6008

How do I apply for the use of public bus stop?

Please complete the Application Form for the Use of Bus Stops by Free Shuttle Bus Services.


How do I apply for Class 1 Bus Service Licence?

Please complete the Application for Class 1 Bus Service Licence.


How do I apply for Class 2 Bus Service Licence?

Please complete the Application for Class 2 Bus Service Licence.


How do I request for refund of Security Deposit?

Please complete the Application for Refund of Security Deposit.