Lightweight minibuses can be driven by members of staff on an ordinary driving licence, making it an ideal transport solution for schools, academies, colleges and universities. However staff members are advised to take the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) training course.
Lightweight minibuses are made with the latest lightweight materials (and where possible recycled materials have been used), which means your school can benefit from fuel savings and in turn lowering your carbon footprint.
The School Minibus Company supply lightweight minibuses in a range of 15 and 17 seats with various wheelchair accessible options. Our range of lightweight minibuses include the Fiat Ducato School Minibus, Peugeot Boxer and the Renault Master School Minibus.
Pros of driving a lightweight minibus
- Save money and time without the need for taking examinations to get the D1 Licence.
- Lightweight materials means your school can benefit from fuel savings – more miles per gallon.
- Available with or without wheelchair accessibility options.
- Lower your school’s carbon footprint.
Cons of driving a lightweight minibus
- Due to weight restrictions, lightweight minibuses may not be suitable for groups of older students and heavy school equipment.
- As you don’t need to not gain a D1 Licence, schools don’t need to put their staff through additional training and assessments, which they could benefit from; making them safer drivers and reducing the risk to other road users.
- The Department for Education has stated it is bad practice by schools to let their staff drive a minibus solely on the basis that they have held a class B licence for two years. (http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/licensing_incidental_drivers_of_the_school_minibus-2.pdf).
If you are interested in knowing more information on the School Minibus Company’s range of lightweight minibuses then please call our minibus experts on 01273 005 199 or fill out the form below.