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Minibus Safety Inspections

Let Castle Minibus take care of your 10-week inspections with their fleet of independent qualified engineers that will complete inspections on site.


Who needs minibus safety inspections?

If you operate under a Section 19 or 22 Permit, you are required to carry out specific minibus safety inspections at regular intervals;

  • Daily/Pre-use walk arounds – a check of lights, tyres, fuel, fluids, on board safety features etc before every trip, conducted by the driver so that faults can be reported and to ensure the vehicle is fit for the journey. Read more about daily walk-round checks. 
  • 10-week minibus safety inspections – a more in-depth safety check including those items covered by the appropriate Department for Transport annual test completed by a person qualified to assess the significance of defects.

These safety inspections are required in addition to an MOT and you must be able to provide evidence of checks for up to 15 months.

And for vehicles that are 12 years or older;

‘The guidance has reflected that older vehicles and trailers will need more frequent maintenance and has indicated a minimum safety inspection frequency of 6 weeks requirement for vehicles and trailers aged 12 years and older.’ Section four of the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness

The Government’s Section 19 and 22 Permit recommendations for vehicles under 10 years of age state:

"bearing in mind that passengers are to be carried on your vehicle, and possibly a number of different drivers used, you should carry out more frequent safety checks." DVSA recommend that inspections are carried out at least every 10 weeks. Read the full government advice here in Section 10.3

Didn’t realise you needed 10- week safety inspections? You’re not alone.

When Castle Minibus called its existing school clients about the change in the government’s advice from 17-week inspections to 10, nearly 70% of schools didn’t know they needed the inspections or didn’t know what a Section 19 Permit was.

Castle specialise in providing schools with all the support they need in running a safe and compliant minibus fleet. If you would like Castle to organise and complete your safety inspections, please call us today on 01869 253744.

What is involved in 10-week safety inspections?

Safety inspections must include those items covered by the appropriate Department for Transport annual test. It’s vital that safety critical items, e.g. braking systems, are checked regularly.

The safety inspection report should include:

  •   vehicle details
  •   a list of all items to be inspected
  •   when the inspections are carried out and by whom
  •   the result of the inspection
  •   details of any rectification work and
  •   a declaration that defects have been rectified satisfactorily.

When on the Minibus Compliance Course we encourage delegates to take ownership of the daily checks by identifying for themselves what needs to be checked

Our downloadable template offers you the chance to really think about what safety aspect need checking before every journey


10-week safety inspections with Castle Minibus

You don’t have to be an existing Castle customer to have Castle Minibus take care of your 10-week inspections

We want to relieve you of the administration headache that organising inspections can be.

Castle will deliver:

  •  Safety inspections
  •  Pre-arranged on-site maintenance and any quick fixes
  •  MOTs and services
  •  Vehicle pick-up and drop-off if necessary
  •  Compliant record keeping

All you need to do is keep a plan of the inspection dates, so you are prepared.

‘Safety inspections should be subject to pre-planning and a maintenance planner or wall chart should be used to identify dates at least 6 months in advance of when they’re due. The system of safety inspections must be regularly monitored particularly in the early stages. You should be prepared to change the frequency of checks as appropriate based on your monitoring. Records of any remedial work carried out should be kept for at least 15 months.’ Read more of the government’s advice in point (10.3)

Your Section 19 Permit should be considered a ‘badge of trust’, demonstrating your commitment to safety.

Regular minibus safety inspections are not ‘advisory’, they are law. If you are unable to provide evidence of a schedule of safety inspections and walk around checks, your Section 19 Permit is at risk of being confiscated by the issuing body or Traffic Commissioner.

Castle Minibus is proud to be associated with BVRA

Industry standard reassurance

Castle Minibus is a member of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) and are regularly inspected under their quality assurance programme.

Under this regulatory body, Castle Minibus must ‘maintain industry standards and regulatory compliance’ as part of the agreed code of conduct, so you can rest assured that all our advice is subject to regular inspection.

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Contact us today

For assistance with the administration of your school transport vehicles and minibus safety inspections, call one of account managers on 01869 253744 and see how easy it can become when you’re in the safe hands of Castle Minibus.

Read more about our minibus compliance course on our dedicated page, or discover a simple way to record your walk-round checks with our free School Transport Manager app.

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