There are two types of minibus safety checks that schools or organisations operating under a Section 19 Permit need to be aware of.

Daily minibus safety checks, sometimes called walk-around checks,  should be carried out by drivers to ensure there are no problems with the vehicle and it is ready and fit for the journey. Castle Minibus have a free minibus checklist app that drivers can download with a 12-point and 40-point checklist that they can then send to their designated transport manager.

Watch a video from Castle Minibus of how to complete a daily minibus safety check

Minibus Safety inspections are required under a Section 19 Permit in addition to regular services and MOTs. These checks need to be completed by a qualified engineer and the DVSA recommend they are completed every 10 weeks ( 6 weeks for vehicles over 12 years old) regardless of mileage.