Minibus Hire

We have three 17 Seater Minibuses and a 9 Seat People Carrier available for hire to Youth Groups, Charities and other non-profit making community and voluntary groups in Worcestershire.

Please phone or email for further details.

Tel: 01905 451372

Email: info@pyplc.co.uk

MINIBUS HIRE POLICY

INTRODUCTION

This document sets out the procedures, and terms and conditions for hiring minibuses operated by Perdiswell Young People’s Leisure Club.

Our minibus hire service is only available to non-profit making community and voluntary groups in Worcestershire who hold a Small Bus Permit.

All our minibuses are operated under the Small Bus Permit legislation.

A minibus cannot be hired for activities (or as part of activities) which are profit making.

Subject to availability, a minibus may be hired by a group member on either a self-drive basis or a with-driver basis.

It is important to realise that demand for hiring minibuses in our fleet often exceeds the available supply and, therefore, we cannot guarantee that a member will be able to make all the bookings they would like.

SMALL BUS PERMIT OPERATION

Technically, because all hires take place under the auspices of our Small Bus Permits, every hire is considered to be the supply of transport with a driver. However, for the sake of clarity, when the hirer nominates a driver from our Register of Drivers, this is referred to as self-drive minibus hire.

REGISTER OF DRIVERS

Entitlement to drive minibuses in the Perdiswell Young People’s Leisure Club fleet is partly determined by the date when a driver passed his/her UK manual car driving test. Drivers who passed the test before 1 January 1997 have an automatic entitlement (until the age of 70) to drive a minibus with 9-16 passenger seats. The old style of driving licence will show a driving entitlement of category A (cars). The new style of driving licence will show category B (cars) and D1 (9-16 passenger seat minibuses).

Drivers who passed the test after 31 December 1996 are required to pass a further driving test in order to gain entitlement to drive a minibus with 9-16 passenger seats (category D or D1 on the new style driving licence). However, under certain circumstances, a driver may drive such a vehicle without the need for such a test.

These circumstances are that:

a) The driver has held a full driving licence, with entitlement to drive a car (category B) for at least two years.

b) The minibus is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body.

c) The driver is providing his/her services on a voluntary basis (i.e. unpaid except for reimbursement of expenses).

d) The gross (i.e. laden) weight of the minibus is not over 3.5 tonnes (or 4.25 tonnes if the vehicle has a passenger lift and is capable of carrying people with disabilities).

e) No trailer is towed.

A driver who wishes to drive under the above exemptions will be required to sign a statement certifying that s/he meets the requirements set out in (b) and (c).

A driver who passed the manual car driving test after 31 December 1996, and who has subsequently passed a further driving test which gives an entitlement to drive category D or D1 vehicles, is required to have held his/her driving licence for a minimum of 1 year.

When a driver reaches the age of 70, entitlement to drive a minibus with 9-16 passengers is lost unless s/he passes a medical.

In addition, a driver must:

Be between the ages of 21 and 70.

Provide a photocopy of his/her driving licence

Be able to answer “NO” to the following questions:

a) Have you had any convictions within the last 5 years, or do you have any prosecutions pending?

b) Have you had an accident whilst driving a motor vehicle in the last 3 years?

c) Has any period of a ban from driving been operative within the last 5 years?

d) Has any company or underwriter ever declined, cancelled or refused to renew any motor insurance, or increased the premium or policy excess, or imposed special conditions?

Provide details about any medical condition, or medical history (whether physical or mental, including defective vision not corrected by glasses or hearing loss not corrected by a hearing aid) that may affect his/her ability to drive a minibus. In addition, details about any medication that is currently being taken, including dosage, should also be provided.