Light bus seat removal

There are rules you must follow if you want to modify the number of seats in a light bus so a person with a C class driver licence can drive the vehicle.

A light MD2 bus has all of the following:

  • constructed or equipped to seat more than 12 passengers including the driver
  • it has a gross vehicle mass of up to 3.5 tonne
  • a driver with a light rigid (LR) class driver licence or higher class of licence.

A light MD1 bus has all of the following:

  • constructed or equipped to seat nine to 12 passengers including the driver
  • a gross vehicle mass of up to 3.5 tonne
  • a driver with a C class driver licence or higher class of licence.

Modifications rules

Removing seats from a MD2 bus so that it qualifies as a MD1 bus is classified as a basic modification when supported with engineering certification for the change of the vehicle category. 

Basic modifications are modifications that do not affect the level of safety, strength and reliability of the vehicle's systems.

A basic modification is assessed and approved at a MVR vehicle standards centre. You don't need to submit a written application.

You must have engineering certification for your modifications from a recognised engineer in the NT or recognised interstate engineer to submit to the MVR.

The engineering report must include all of the following:

  • details of seating removed
  • details of child restraint anchorage fitment
  • details of all applicable Australian Design Rules for the vehicle category
  • certification that the modified vehicle meets the intent of all Australian Design Rules for an MD1 vehicle and that it is fit for purpose.

For example a MD1 bus has additional design requirements when compared with a MD2, including:

  • safety rims
  • head restraints
  • passenger car tyres
  • anti-theft lock
  • child restraint anchorages and child restraint fittings
  • certification requirements.

These rules about modifications do not cover a factory new vehicle modification. This type of modification requires an Australian Government-approved second stage manufacture plate to be fitted.

More information

For more information get a copy of V80 Light bus seating reduction and in-service vehicle category change (100.2 kb)

Last updated: 28 November 2017