Leasing FAQs

Anyone with the appropriate driving licence can drive one of the smaller minibuses. Drivers of larger 17-seat minibuses must have a D1 category on their driving licence.

Training FAQs

You must have held your driving licence for a minimum of 2 years and be over the age of 21. If you passed your test before January 1997 you will be able to drive a minibus on a not-for-profit basis anyway (because licences gained prior to January 1997 entitle the driver to drive a minibus, but not commercially). If driving for profit you will need to take your D1 driving test.

Our Highly Qualified instructors will train you in a location of your choice. We also have a minibus that can be used, should you not have your own. Your practical test must be taken in a 17-seat minibus with a fitted tachograph facility.

Service Excellence

We understand what pressures teachers, school business managers, school governors and bursars are under, and what is involved in operating a minibus for a school. All our services are tailored to make your life easier.

  • The latest purpose-built modern, eco-efficient minibuses with additional safety specifications that help keep your children safe, e.g. reversing cameras

    Low deposit and minimal cash outlay

  • Safety inspections completed onsite by our engineers to keep your complaint but save you from having to visit the garage

  • Flexible short-term hire solutions as we understand plans change last minute and we won’t penalise you for changes

  • We can have your vehicle branded for you before delivery

  • Fully managed minibus leasing including maintenance and safety inspections. Saving you over £2000 over a 5-year lease and keeping you compliant and hassle free

  • A guarantee that our mechanics, who come to your school, won’t over-charge or deceive you about repairs or checks

  • Driver Training that is dedicated to making sure D1 applicants are ready for both their theory and practical tests with a pass rate 50% above the national average

  • Providing the latest new Euro 6 Ford Transit minibuses for your staff to train in, picking them up from your school or even their home

  • Providing additional courses recognised by RoSPA and the ISBA for the compliance side of minibus management

  • A dedicated short-term hire team to provide quality cars, vans and minibuses from 1 day to 1 year at competitive rates just for schools

  • MiDAS training delivered by ADI instructors guaranteed to include a practical assessment

Talk to Castle Minibus today

We would be delighted to answer any questions you have and provide a no obligation quote and visit to your setting, with a demonstration minibus if required, at a time most convenient to you.

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