In June 2021 Section 19 Permit applications were changed to include details of maintenance providers and how often safety inspections will be completed.
A Section 19 Permit allows organisations, non-fee-paying schools or fee-paying schools with charitable status, to operate their minibuses without a PCV Public Service Operators Licence, provided it is on a not-for-profit basis.
One of the conditions of the Section 19 Permit is vehicle maintenance. This includes daily minibus checks, safety inspections (every 10 weeks or 6 weeks for vehicles 12+ years old) as well as regular services and MOTs.
The Section 19 Permit application now requires details of your maintenance arrangements including a contract or letter of agreement.
Previously this level of detail was only required for the Section 22 large bus permit but it is now required for Section 19 Permits.
If you have a lease/hire vehicle with Castle Minibus, or Castle Minibus arranges your safety inspections, and you are applying for a new or replacement Section 19 Permit we can send you the required information to attach and copy and paste into the application. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request details.
If you don’t currently have a Section 19 Permit and need to apply for one please follow this link to the government website.
What are minibus safety inspections?
If you operate a minibus under a Section 19 Permit, you are required to carry out regular minibus checks and inspections. A walk-around check is required before each journey and safety inspections (as mentioned in the Section 19 Permit application) completed by an independent qualified engineer, need to be completed every 10-weeks (6 weeks for vehicles over 12 years). These safety inspections are required in addition to regular services and MOTs and you must be able to provide evidence of completed checks for up to 15 months.
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 11.3
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
If you have any questions about the Section 19 Permit application or were previously unaware of the need for safety inspections, please give our friendly team a call on 01869 253744 to arrange for one of our engineering partners to complete these for you.