MINIBUS GENERAL ADVICE

As well as ensuring you are legally entitled to drive the minibus, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure their minibus is roadworthy and in a condition that will ensure safe transit of your passengers.

It is a legal requirement for you as the driver to ensure your minibus is safe to drive and carry passengers. This not only means underneath the bonnet, but also tyres, lights, glass and mirrors.

You must check your tyres to ensure they are correctly inflated with sufficient tread (1.6mm for ¾ of the tread width and for the entire circumference of the tyre). Ideally, you should have at least 3mm of tread on each tyre. Check for any obvious signs of damage and if you have twin rear wheels, don’t forget to check the inner tyres.

If you are driving a minibus you are not familiar with, before your journey check there is a spare wheel (it’s under the back of the bus), a jack and a brace. You should be confident in using these as you never know when you will need them. If not, get somebody who can use them to demonstrate until you are comfortable you can use them on your own.

Front and rear lights should be clean and working correctly. You should always carry spare bulbs and fuses.

It is important to keep your windscreen washer fluid topped up, especially in winter. Don’t forget to increase the ratio of additive during winter to prevent the fluid from freezing. You should also check your Minibus windscreen wipers to ensure they are clean and free from damage which could prevent them from working properly. Check for any chips or cracks in the windscreen which could get worse and get these repaired if necessary.

You should never let the minibus run out of fuel and always try to fill up as soon as you reach a quarter of a tank.

Check your mirrors! Inside and outside mirrors should be clean and adjusted correctly.