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.

The Vacant Seats Payment Scheme is offered annually and 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 the scheme 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responsibility to arrange transport for your child before a seat is offered, if a seat isn't available or if a seat is withdrawn.

Cost

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

Apply

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 - 03000 41 45 71
  • Mid Kent - 03000 41 35 83
  • West Kent – 03000 41 38 25