Bus operator number plates

This page details the information that must be contained on accredited bus operator number plates and how these should be displayed on the bus.

Photo showing Victorian bus number plates

Accredited bus operators must display authorised number plates on each bus that is registered by VicRoads in Victoria. Bus Safety Victoria (BSV) is responsible for authorising accredited bus operator number plates.

This information applies to all operators who are accredited under Part 4 of the Bus Safety Act (BSA) and is a requirement of Regulation 10 of the Bus Safety Regulations (BSR).

Authorised number plates

Authorised accredited bus operator number plates are issued by VicRoads and display the words:

  • "Accredited bus" and have four numerals followed with a suffix of AO, or
  • "Accredited bus service" and have a prefix of two letters followed by the numerals and a suffix of two letters.

Transitional arrangements

Transitional arrangements apply to bus operators accredited under the Public Transport Competition Act 1995 (Vic) and subsequently deemed accredited under the Act on 31 December 2010.

Personalised number plates

Accredited bus operators whose buses have personalised number plates, may continue to display these until they become accredited under the BSA or 31 December 2015, whichever occurs first.

'AC' and 'SO' number plates

Accredited bus operators whose buses display accredited bus number plates with the suffix 'AC' or 'SO' may continue to display these until the bus is decommissioned. 'AC' and 'SO' number plates must not be transferred to a different bus.

When accredited operator number plates are not required

Accredited bus operators are not required to display accredited bus operator number plates on buses registered in:

Bus operators who are not required to display accredited bus operator number plates must display their Victorian accreditation number on each bus. This is in accordance with the general condition of accreditation under section 34(2) of the BSA on 8 June 2011.

A copy of the general condition can be viewed in the Victorian Government Gazette notice No. G 24 Thursday 16 June 2011, available from the Victorian Government Gazette website.

Offence

It is an offence to display accredited bus operator number plates if you are not accredited under Part 4 of the BSA.