Types of Minibus Licenses |
Operating a minibus requires varying degrees of permits and licenses. When a minibus is driven for hire (known in the industry and legally as "Hire and Reward,") there are a number of regulations that the driver must be aware of, and in some cases, examinations that he or she must be aware of.
Failure to abide by these regulations could result in prosecution for both the business and the driver operating the minibus, including fines and restrictions placed upon driving privileges. If you have any questions, contact your local traffic commissioner.
School Minibus Driver Requirements
The licenses required of school bus drivers can vary depending on the type of school. Schools and transportation companies hired must be aware of the differences, as the licensing requirements are very different. For municipal public schools, drivers are required simply to pass a section 19 permit, as a not-for-profit activity. Drivers will be required to abide by drivers' hours rules, as well as be legally allowed to drive a minibus under other conditions. Private or for-profit schools operate under a commercial business license. Drivers are required to obtain a full operator's license, meet drivers' hour regulations, and otherwise be legally allowed to drive a minibus. Buses must also be equipped with a digital tachograph.
Charity Minibus Operator Requirements
Charities operate minibus service for the benefit of their communities or members, some requiring special transportation needs. Exemptions exist in the "Hire and Reward" legislation that allow these drivers to operate without requiring a full operator's license, while still being allowed to charge for service. Drivers of charity minibuses are still required to obtain a section 19 permit, abide by hours regulations, and legally be allowed to drive a minibus.
Commercial Business Minibus Driver Requirements
A minibus operator working on a for-hire, for-profit basis is the most strictly legislated. These types of minibuses operate services including private transportation to and from for-profit businesses including nursing homes, child care facilities, private schools, hotels and resorts, and businesses operating courtesy shuttles. These rules extend to businesses who offer transportation for staff to and from a place of employment.
Drivers operating under these circumstances will be required to operate under a full operator's license issued by a local traffic commissioner. A digital tachograph is legally required to be attached to any bus operating for commercial reasons. Drivers must be legally allowed to drive a minibus, and abide by hours regulations.
Related Articles -
Minibus, Hire, Minibuses, Minibus Hire,