(1) A person who carries on a public passenger service by means of a bus or other vehicle (other than a vessel), being a service operating within, or partly within, New South Wales, is guilty of an offence unless the person is an accredited service operator for that service.
Maximum penalty: 1,000 penalty units.(2) The purpose of accreditation under this Division is to attest:(a) that the accredited person is (or, in the case of an accredited corporation, the designated directors and managers of the corporation are) considered to be of good repute and in all other respects fit and proper to be responsible for the operation of a public passenger service, and(b) that the accredited person has demonstrated the capacity to meet the government’s standards of:(i) financial viability, and(ii) safety of passengers and the public, and(iii) vehicle maintenance,to the degree and in the manner required in respect of services of the kind specified in the accreditation.(3) Standards for the purposes of subsection (2) (b):(a) may be prescribed by the regulations, or(b) to the extent that they are not so prescribed, may be determined and published by TfNSW and made available to interested persons.(3A) Different standards for the purposes of subsection (2) (b) may be prescribed or determined under subsection (3) for different classes of public passenger services and different classes of operators of public passenger services.(4) Any person wishing to obtain from TfNSW a copy of a standard published under subsection (3) (b) must pay the fee (if any) prescribed by the regulations.(5) Standards published under subsection (3) (b) may be re-determined by TfNSW from time to time, and are to be re-published and made available as occasion requires.