Passenger transport

The law governing passenger vehicle operation is similar in many respects to that for goods vehicles. There is a system of operator licensing, administered by the same Traffic Commissioners and restrictions on driving and duty times imposed by domestic and European legislation. There are also many additional specific requirements, such as rules on passenger behaviour and on the registration of services. To find out which rules apply, there is a set of definitions and classifications of the various types of service.

Information on the topics below is available to FTA members by clicking on any available links or by downloading the Passenger transport chapter of the Yearbook of Road Transport Law

  • Operator licensing
  • Drivers' licences
  • Permit operations
  • Drivers' hours rules
  • Registration and excise duty
  • Marking of school buses
  • Outside lane ban on motorways
  • Speed limits
  • Speed limiters
  • Seatbelts
  • Type Approval/COIF
  • Stowage of luggage
  • Maintenance and inspections
  • Annual testing
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First aid kits
  • Towing
  • Locks and handles
  • Overloading
  • Designated sporting events
  • Going abroad
  • Miscellaneous

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