North Somerset Council operate a scheme where vacant spaces on transport services are offered
at a subsidised rate for students who are not eligible for travel assistance. Note that there may
NOT be an available seat in which case you will have to make other arrangements for your child’s
A copy of the full scheme guidance is available online at:
Vacant seats are allocated on a first-come, first serve basis and can be withdrawn at two weeks’
notice if the seat is required for another child that is eligible for travel assistance, or if the seat is no
longer available for any other operational reason. If this happens, we will give you at least two weeks’
notice of the seat being withdrawn in order for you to make other arrangements.
To apply for a seat under the scheme please apply online at:
https://www.mpsnsc.com/SchoolTransportApp/vsps.aspx or complete this form and return it as
soon as possible.
You will need to complete the attached Direct Debit Mandate form. If you are successful, we will
process your Direct Debit Form and once the first payment is received, we will send out your ticket
with the travel details. We will inform you if your application is unsuccessful.
If you are in receipt of qualifying benefits, please attach confirmation of this with your application.
To ensure fairness to all families, application forms for this scheme become available online and are
accessible from council gateways from midday on the 31 July for the new academic school year.
Applications are accepted from 9am on the 1 August, and all applications are time stamped once
received. The application form will be on the North Somerset Council website.
A new application must be submitted each year. Forms for the next academic year will be
available online from the Home to School Transport web page above on 31
The charge for the vacant seat payment scheme can be financed in one payment or through an 8-
month payment plan. The charge is reviewed annually and can be found within the council’s
published Fees and Charges document which is available to view on the North Somerset Council
Annual Fee per child for 2020/2021 - £624 (either in full or by Direct Debit).
Direct Debit Mandate - 8 monthly payments of £78.00
Where the council identifies that an eligible seat has been vacant for a significant period of time (12
weeks) the eligible student may be contacted, and the seat re-allocated to an unentitled paying
student. If the eligible student subsequently wishes to reinstate their space on transport, they will
need to write to the Integrated Transport Unit giving at least two weeks’ notice. Spare seats on
vehicles will be advertised on the home to school transport page of the website.
Home to School Transport
Vacant Seats Payment Scheme
Application to Travel for 2020/2021 Academic Year