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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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Can leasing cure 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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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. Keep an eye on this page for the latest minibus rental offers.

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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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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

With 20+ years experience and a myriad of certifications and qualifications, we're happy to introduce Liz Purchase, driver trainer and Minibus Compliance Course presenter.

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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 minibus licensing and operation, and the possible effects on schools.

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CPC training combined with D1 licence training

Combine CPC with D1 training, saving 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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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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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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Greater than Eight campaign stirs up strong emotions

BUSK (Belt Up School Kids) was founded in 1993 to bring about changes in legislation so that school children travelling in coaches and minibuses would be provided with a lap and diagonal safety belts.

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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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We want you!

We are recruiting driver trainers nationwide to join the UK's best minibus driver trainer establishment.

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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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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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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 take a look at subsequent changes to licensing laws and what can still be done to ensure the safety school transport.

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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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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 drivers, including for wheelchair accessible vehicles.

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