Vacant Seats Payment Scheme

If your child is not eligible for free school transport, you may be able to get transport through our Vacant Seats Payment Scheme.

If there are empty seats on the vehicles we hire to transport children who are eligible for free travel, we can offer these seats to children who are not eligible. There is a fee and seats are offered on a first come, first served basis.

We offer this scheme annually, so you must re-apply each year. There is no guarantee that the scheme will always be available and even if you are offered a seat when you apply, it may not be possible to offer a seat to you in subsequent years.

Seats can only be offered after the start of term and after children who are eligible for free school transport have been given their seats. It is your responsibility to arrange transport for your child before a seat is offered, if a seat isn't available or if a seat is withdrawn.


  • £165 for terms 1 and 2
  • £165 for terms 3 and 4
  • £160 for terms 5 and 6


If you want to be considered for the scheme if your application for free school transport is unsuccessful make sure you tick the relevant box on the application form.

If you want to be considered for the scheme but haven't applied for free school transport call:

  • East Kent (Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Shepway, Swale and Thanet)
    03000 41 45 71 or 03000 41 35 14
  • West Kent (Dartford, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Malling, Tunbridge Wells)
    03000 41 35 83 or 03000 41 85 15.