Types of Private Buses

Private Hire Bus

A Private Hire Bus can be used to ferry adult workers between their home and work, or chartered for other purposes.

It may also be used to convey school children and school staff to and from schools. The bus owner may enjoy a 50% rebate on road tax if the bus is sufficiently used to ferry school children.

Private Hire Buses may be registered under a company or an individual.

COE Requirements: Category C or E

 

Private Bus

A Private Bus is meant for the ferrying of employees of the bus owner or people linked to the business at no profit.

Private Buses have to be registered under a company name.

COE Requirements: Category C or E

 

Excursion Bus

An Excursion Bus is used for carrying tourists and can be used on unscheduled services where passengers are charged separate and distinct fares. It may also be used to ferry adult workers and school children to and from their home and work place/school, and may also be used for chartering purposes.

The bus owner may enjoy a 50% rebate on road tax if the bus is sufficiently used to ferry school children.

Excursion Buses have to be registered under a company name.

COE Requirements: Category C or E

 

School Bus

A School Bus is hired under a contract to convey school children and school staff to and from schools. It may also be used to convey adult workers to and from their place or places of work if the bus has an Adult Workers’ Contract (AWC) permit (which is $5 for 6 months) issued by the Registrar of Vehicles to convey adult workers for reward. However, it may not be used to convey tourists.

School Buses may be registered under a company or an individual.

COE Requirements: Exempted

 

ASEAN Member Country-Registered Bus

For ASEAN member country-registered buses entering Singapore, the bus owners must apply to LTA for a Public Service Vehicle Permit at least 7 days before the vehicle is brought into Singapore. The permit fee is $5 per month or part thereof.

If the bus is used to operate a scheduled bus service into Singapore, it must also seek approval from LTA for the Public Service Vehicle Licence.

ASEAN member country-registered buses are also subject to these conditions.

COE Requirements: Not applicable