Any person or organisation in South Africa that operates scholar transport, including a school, is required to have a licence. Scholar transport is regarded in law as a form of public transport for which an operating licence is applicable.
In this regard, scholar transport refers to the transportation of a learner from home (or nearby) to school and back. Transporting learners to school events such as sports fixtures or school tours is exempted from the requirement of a public operating license.
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