Terms used in school transport

Terms used in school transport

On this page, you can find definitions of key terms used in school transport. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact EasyBus.

A Conveyance Allowance is a financial payment from the Ministry of Education to families that live more than 2.4km from a bus service. read more

Eligible students are those that meet the eligibility criteria as defined by the Ministry of Education. Read more on the Ministry’s website.

Funding Agreement is the agreement between the Tauranga Transport Network Group and the Ministry of Education. This Agreement describes the conditions that the Group must meet in order to continue receiving funding.

Ineligible students are those not classed as eligible according to the Ministry of Education’s rules (whether or not the Group chooses to offer a service to them). Read more on the Ministry’s website.

Nearest appropriate school is a term used by the Ministry of Education to decide which school they will fund a student to travel to. This term means “the nearest school at which your child could access suitable education.” For state school students, this means the nearest school that provides education at the appropriate year level. For state:integrated schools this means the nearest state:integrated school that the student identifies with. The Ministry does not support choice of single sex vs co-educational schooling, nor does it support choice of intermediate-level schooling.

Suitable public transport is a Ministry of Education classification. Public transport is deemed suitable if:
– it travels to within 2.4km of a student’s house, and
– it travels to within 2.4km of a student’s school, and
– it does not require more than one change/transfer, and
– does not require the student to board before 7.00am or disembark after 5.00pm.