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Euro6 emission regulations and Adblue in diesel-engine cars and vans

An update from Ford, on the regulations surrounding diesel vehicles and the reduction of harmful exhaust emissions.

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Is leasing the answer to all your minibus headaches?

Chris Maynard, MD takes us through the advantages of leasing a minibus to not only spread the costs but lighten the load of your school’s transport manager...

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How Castle Minibus is ‘super’ helpful

In celebration of of our 23rd year, we thought we'd take a moment to tell you how we pay our success forward, and help people less fortunate than ourselves.

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Two quick questions... Ready?

These two questions will take two seconds to answer. But could cost you a lot more if you don't ask them...

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March offer on 17 seaters

A brand new 17 seater minibus from only £339* pcm

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What is a Section 19 Permit?

Are you clear on who needs a Section 19 Permit for operating a minibus?

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Minibus Compliance Course £195 +VAT

The new Minibus Compliance Course is ready to go!

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How often should you do a minibus safety inspection?

DVSA updated the advice on minibus safety inspections at the end of 2017.

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Lease a limited issue Ford Transit 17 seater for only £349.95

Limtied stock available on these brand new Ford Transit 17 seat Trend Minibuses...

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From a Day to a Year - Vehicle hire to suit you

You may only need an additional vehicle for a short period of time...

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Introducing Liz Purchase – Advanced driving instructor and ‘driving force’ of the up-coming Minibus Compliance Course

With 20+ years experience and a myriad of certifications and qualifications, Liz Purchase is quite possibly responsible for Castle Minibus' 86% pass rate (twice the national average)

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£100 off your D1

Don't book your D1 training and test before you see this special offer!

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Will the rules of minibus licences change in 2018?

Chris discusses the changes expected in 2018 to minbus licensing and operation, and the possible affects on schools.

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We're moving!

A new home for the Castle family...

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Take CPC training combined with your D1 licence training

When CPC courses are combined with D1 training, you can only save time, and therefore money for your school or business.

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Latest update on the Greater than Eight campaign

There's been a lot of movement on the licencing and testing laws for minibus drivers and section 19 permits recently. And we're glad to be involved in the discussions. Following news from Northern Ireland and a Transport Select Committee meeting, we have the latest update on the situation.

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What about charities and D1 licences?

We received a comment on the 'Campaign to change minibus driving licence laws' article featured in Route One Magazine, with one simple question - What about charities? Here's how we replied...

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Section 19 and 22 Permits – what is going on? How will it affect schools and the licencing requirements?

Chris Maynard of Castle Minibus limited submitted opinion on how changes to the section 19 and 22 permits might effect schools to the Transport Department's Select Committee on 3rd November 2017.

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The Bursars Reveiw - Feature article on the confusion surrounding Minibus licencing

Chris Maynard, MD of Castle Minibus gives his opinon on minibus safety in the Autumn 2017 edition of The Bursars Review.

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No wonder you’re confused, part one: D1 licencing for school minibuses

This article will help clarify the situation regarding minibus driving and licencing. Whether you are an employed or volunteer driver, or following Government guidelines or in consultation with a lawyer over when a full D1 licence is required...

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Castle Rehoming - Finding new homes for pre-loved minibuses

The Castle Minibus rehoming scheme is here to help you retire your vehicle, humanely...

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Support for Greater than Eight grows - comments from the petition to Chris Grayling MP

A collection of the feelings of real people, stirred up by our petition to Chris Grayling MP, hoping to change the law and make driving standards safer for UK minibus operators.

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Castle Minibus’ Greater than Eight campaign stirs up strong emotions

BUSK (Belt Up School Kids) was founded by Pat Harris on 16 February 1993 with the main purpose of bringing about changes in seat belt legislation so that school children travelling in coaches and minibuses would be provided with a lap and diagonal safety belt on their daily journey to and from school.

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Launching the 'Greater than Eight' campaign for safer UK minibus driver standards

We believe minibus driver standards should be brought in line with European standards, closing the loopholes that pose a risk to drivers, passengers and other road users. Our campaign involves a petition to Mr Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport.

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Why having a section 19 permit compliance audit matters

Section 19 permit compliance audits are not just a tick in the box to satisfy the paperwork. Here's why they are so important...

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No sign of your minibus for September?

Were you promised a minibus for September, that hasn't arrived yet?

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Could you offer a good home to an ex-school minibus, from £275+VAT a month?

Have an ex-school Ford Transit 17 minibus for 1 year from £275* plus VAT per month...

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Understanding your expectations of school transport needs

Demonstrating our understanding of all your needs when it comes to school transportation.

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17 seat vehicles available from £15 a day

The champions of minibus safety, would like to make you an offer...

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9 Seat Special

Castle Minibus Offer – The New Ford Transit Tourneo for £269 a month!

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We want you!

We are recruiting driver trainers nationwide

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Castle leads the way with D1 driver training.

What to expect when learning to drive a minibus with Castle trainers.

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How is Castle of benefit to Multi-Academy Trusts?

At a time when school budgets are under more scrutiny than ever, now is when the benefits of multi academy trusts shine through.

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RoSPA – The twenty is plenty campaign

Castle Minibus supports the ’Twenty’s plenty’ road safety campaign, set up by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

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Important changes to Vehicle Excise Duty – Will the new car tax regulations affect you?

In April this year, the car tax regulations are changing - How will this affect you?

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My school needs to rent a minibus – what’s my best option?

Before taking out a rental package for your school minibus, consider all the options. In this blog, Castle Minibus breaks down the options to make it easy to make the right choice for your minibus hire contract.

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23 years later, what have we learnt from the M40 minibus tragedy?

In honour of the 23rd anniversary of the tragic M40 minibus crash, which killed 12 pupils and one teacher, we would like to take a look at what subsequent changes to the driver’s licensing laws have been made and what still needs to be done to ensure the safety of transporting our school children.

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Ramp up your road safety in 5 steps!

Road Safety Week was launched in 1997 to heighten the public’s awareness of such risks and is as vital today as ever, so this year the theme is “Make the Brake Pledge!” Everybody can read the information and make the pledge to make a conscious effort to protect themselves and others on the road.

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‘One in a Million’ shares their gratitude with Castle Minibus

‘One in a Million’ shares their gratitude with Castle Minibus

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Why football clubs love Castle Minibus

Toot toot! That’s us blowing our own trumpet again… But its’ true, football clubs love Castle Minibus for the hire of their vehicles, so why hide our light under a bushel?

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Introducing the ‘Freedom Plan' from Castle Rentals

Soon to be launched in the UK is the Freedom Plan, for minibus hire without the long-term commitment. We listened to feedback from our clients and have devised this new plan that allows complete freedom for the hire of minibuses local to you, for the purpose of flexibility with regards to contract length and hire agreement.

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Why is Castle’s D1 minibus training pass rate so high?

Because we’re that good! Ok, so we’re blowing our own trumpets a bit here, but we really do provide such an excellent minibus training scheme that our pass rate for the D1 test by far exceeds the national average.

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Wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) training – Specific training for specific needs

Castle Driver Training run a comprehensive and extremely successful minibus training course for new minibus users. Our pass rate is over 90%, which is significantly higher than the national average of 55% for the D1 test. Not only do we train new drivers for minibuses for schools, but we train new drivers for wheelchair accessible vehicles also.

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Castle Rentals has a new home – The former US airbase at Upper Heyford

Castle Rentals is happy to announce that our fleet of rental minibuses has set up camp at our new home. Former US Airbase, Upper Heyford is close to our offices and large enough to accommodate all our lovely minibuses. Fancy a minibus for £25 a day, or maybe an F15 US fighter jet, from only £1.25 million?!

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Introducing our new 17 seat Mercedes minibus for schools

The vehicles were exhibited to over 400 top independent schools from across the UK, at the Independent Bursar’s Association conference in Edinburgh this week. We were able to talk about the short term rental and longer term leasing options from Castle Minibus and showcase these beautiful vehicles – just for schools…

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Minibuses for school transport - hire, outright purchase, or hire purchase - What’s the difference?

Castle minibus supplies minibuses for schools, and just for schools. Our vehicles are not converted vans, but are designed for purpose. Mercedes and Ford minibuses are available to your school through short or long term leases. As a school, college, academy or university you may have considered the purchase of a minibus as a valuable asset, however, there are options that could be considered better value.

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