Minibus Hire Safety
All our drivers are fully qualified and have been CRB checked by the police and are genuine bus operators who are regulated by VOSA.
A minibus or coach type vehicle has to be licensed through V.O.S.A. who are responsible for regulating transport companies in the UK.
By inspecting vehicles and setting service levels for operators you can be sure that the vehicle you hire is in a condition that is deemed safe to carry paying passengers.
The company operator licence should be displayed on the windscreen and the vehicle must display the operators name and address clearly on the side of the bus normally next to or on the passenger entry door.
For your own safety we now also have CCTV installed in all of our 16 seater minibuses.
PSV Certificate of Initial Fitness (C.O.I.F)
A Public Service Vehicle (PSV) with more than 8 passenger seats (excluding the driver) cannot legally be used for carrying passengers on the highway until it has been issued with a Certificate of Initial Fitness (COIF).
This includes all buses, coaches and minibuses that carry passengers for hire and reward.
The COIF is issued by a VOSA certifying officer when the vehicle meets all the relevant PSV requirements.
A vehicle being used for hire and reward with 8 passenger seats or less has to be tested by the local licensing authority (in our case it is Stevenage Borough Council) to make sure it is in a condition that is also deemed safe to carry paying passengers. The driver also has to be licensed by the local authority and would have had an enhanced Criminal Records Check.