Coach

Determining PSV Rules

The tables below will guide you through the process of what rules apply to your operation based upon the type of vehicles operated. A full list of countries that fall within EU or AETR operations can be found at the foot of this page, with all rules applicable to all operations available within this section.

Type of operation Number of passenger seats/Rules applicable
Private, non PSV and permit operations 8 or less 9 - 12 13 - 16 17 or more
Police, fire and Armed Forces purposes None None None None
UK journeys - non-PSV public 'services' or 'utilities' purposes* None None** Domestic Domestic
UK journeys - non-PSV business use None EU/AETR rules EU/AETR rules EU/AETR rules
UK journeys - volunteer driving of Permit 19 and Permit 22 vehicles or private use None None None EU/AETR rules
UK journeys - employee driving Permit 19 and Permit 22 vehicles None Domestic Domestic EU/AETR rules
International journeys including private use None in UK but must obey any domestic rules of country visited EU/AETR rules EU/AETR rules EU/AETR rules

 
Type of operation Number of passenger seats/Rules applicable
PSV Operations 8 or less 9 - 12 13 - 16 17 or more
Regular service on route not exceeding 50 km Domestic rules Domestic rules Domestic rules Domestic rules
National or international regular service on route exceeding 50 km Domestic rules on journeys in UK*** EU/AETR rules EU/AETR rules EU/AETR rules
National or international non-regular service e.g. commercial excursions, tours or private hire Domestic rules on journeys in UK*** EU/AETR rules EU/AETR rules EU/AETR rules

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A public service vehicle (PSV) is a motor vehicle that is adapted to carry more than eight passengers and is used to carry passengers for hire or reward or, if adapted to carry eight or fewer passengers is used to carry passengers, for hire or reward at separate fares.

A regular service (which includes special regular services) is a service that provides for the carriage of passengers at specified intervals along a specified route, passengers being picked up and set down at predetermined stopping points. It does not have to be a service for the general public. It may be a service provided exclusively for a particular category of passenger (e.g. it may take children to and from school or workers to and from work). A service may be varied according to the needs of those concerned and still remain a regular service.

If a journey is taken to an EU or European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland then the EU rules apply to the whole journey.

If a journey is taken to or through an AETR country then AETR rules will apply to the whole journey. Vehicles with fewer than eight passenger seats travelling through other countries must obey the relevant domestic rules.

List of EU, AETR and EEA Countries.

EU countries
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
UK
AETR countries
Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Croatia
Kazakhstan
Liechtenstein
Macedonia
Moldova
Russia
Serbia and Montenegro
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
European Economic Area (EEA)
All the EU Countries
Iceland
Liechtenstein
Norway

Key Information
Key Information
Reminder: Switzerland is not a member of the European Union.

AETR Rules

Domestic Rules

Source - VOSA

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