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300 Communities share £25 million minibus fund

Posted by [email protected] on April 24, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

From:Department for TransportFirst published:26 March 2015 Part of:Accessible transport, Local transport, Local government, Transport and UK economy

Hundreds of minibuses will support charities and revitalise local communities community transport minibus fund

More than 300 local charities and community groups across England will receive new minibuses from the Department for Transport’s £25 million community transport minibus fund, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin ...

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Driving a minibus abroad, more info

Posted by [email protected] on April 23, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

If driving a minibus abroad in EU countries you must be certain you are not driving for hire or reward and even if for private use you must use a Tachograph, Speed limiter, Own Account Certificate or EU Journey Form (Waybill) and comply with Driver’s Hours Regulations. 

It may be possible to drive in another EU country if the minibus is not being used for hire or reward but depends on how the trip is being paid for. You must be certain that passengers are not contri...

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Safety update for wheelchair accessible minibuses

Posted by [email protected] on April 12, 2015 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Safety for wheelchair users has always been a priority for owners of accessible minibuses.

On 29 October 2014, a change in the construction regulations for new accessible minibuses brings the

regulations into line with best practice. It should also help to ensure that the safety of wheelchair

users is closer to that of seated passengers in the same minibus.

Research has shown that 3-point lap and diagonal safety belts for wheelchairs, where the shoulder

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Minibus Permits

Posted by [email protected] on April 5, 2015 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Minibus and Community Bus Permits (Section 19 permits) are issued to organisations concerned with education, social welfare or other activities of benefit to the community. They allow certain organisations, including schools, to make a charge without having to comply with the full public service vehicle operator requirements and without the need for the driver to have a PCV (Category D1 or D) entitlement.

Certain organisations can apply for a Minibus Permit, (Section 19 -T...

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Tachographs on Minibuses

Posted by [email protected] on April 5, 2015 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Tachographs are installed to monitor the amount of time drivers spend driving a vehicle and new government legislation requires businesses, schools, charities and other organisations operating minibuses with 10-17 seats commercially, to fit new digital tachograph equipment which will need to be operational for use in the UK from April 2007.

All vehicles, over 3.5 tonnes (3500kg), registered after 1 May 2006 are legally required to have a digital tachograph fitted. Minibuses with more t...

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Taking a Minibus Abroad

Posted by [email protected] on April 5, 2015 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Minibuses which can carry 9 or more persons (including the driver) and are used on journeys to or from the continent or the Republic of Ireland, come within the scope of European Union (EU) and other international regulations governing international bus and coach journeys. Driving a minibus abroad requires compliance with more complex legislation.

The exceptions given by a Section 19 permit do not apply and a post 1 January 1997 licence cannot be used in any circumstances unless the ne...

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Minibus Vehicle Checks what to do

Posted by [email protected] on April 5, 2015 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Before driving a school minibus you need to be aware of the following: 

Volunteers who drive a school minibus are personally responsible for its roadworthiness. 

For this reason it is essential that there is a proper vehicle maintenance system in operation and that certain basic checks are made before each journey begins. If there appear to be any faults which might affect the passengers’ safety, then the vehicle should not be used until they are all remedied. Dri...

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HGV speed limit raised to 60 on dual carriageways

Posted by [email protected] on April 5, 2015 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The government has confirmed another speed limit increase for HGVs, raising the dual carriageway legal maximum speed from 50mph to 60mph.


The move follows July’s announcement that the single carriageway speed limit will rise from 40mph to 50mph.


Both increases will come into effect on 5 April 2015 and are being described by transport minister Claire Perry as a modernisation of outdated legislation from the 1980s.


“It is real...

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