Passenger Services

The West Coast Regional Council is responsible for the registration of public transport services in the region.

In accordance with Part 5, Subpart 2, Section 130 of the Land Transport Management Act 2003 (the Act), the West Coast Regional Council is required to register all public transport services operating in the West Coast region including bus services provided by commercial operators that pick up or drop off passengers in the West Coast region, and are available to members of the public.

Operators are required to give written notice to the Regional Council of the details of the proposed service.  The period of notice is not less than 15 working days before the commercial public transport service is to start.

A Regional Council may, however, decline to register a passenger service under Section 134 of the Act.

Having registered their service, operators are required to notify the Regional Council of any changes to fares, timetables, routes and operating areas that may occur

There is no cost involved in the registering of services.

Registering a public transport service

If you are operating any type of commercial passenger transport operation either in, or passing through, the West Coast you must register your service.

If you are in any doubt, please feel free to contact us.

You can download an application form here or contact Nichola Costley, on 0508 800 118, or email

Altering or withdrawing services

The West Coast Regional Council needs to be advised of any changes to a registered service including the intention to withdraw a registered service.  Again, the appropriate periods of notice must be adhered to as stated in the Act.  You can download the required notification forms here or contact Nichola Costley, on 0508 800 118 or email

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