Castle Minibus is dedicated to raising safety standards, promoting best practice and ensuring their clients have the knowledge and support to be confident in their decisions about minibus safety.
Following calls to over 300 schools to inform them of a change in guidance from the DVSA from 17-week to 10-week safety inspections, it was apparent to Castle that 70% of schools had a very poor understanding of minibus compliance. To tackle this Castle Minibus wrote the UK’s only Minibus Compliance Course for schools. which was launched in September 2018 and is now available online. As well as education on the legal issues surrounding minibus compliance, Castle has developed services to support school transport managers to help them with the daily administration and tasks demanded of them under the Section 19 Permit including onsite safety inspections and a free app to help manage daily vehicle checks and online driver risk assessments.
Castle launched the Online Minibus Compliance Course in June 2020 to allow access to more school staff, governors and heads, who could not attend a day course. Split into the four modules, the course is still the only way for schools to certify they have taken steps to train their staff on minibus compliance.
The law in this area is complex and not always easily understood by schools and their teaching staff, with severe penalties for non-compliance, as well as the risk to the safety of your pupils. It is therefore vital that your school gets it right and can prove they have taken steps to do so.
Beverley Bell, Former Senior Traffic Commissioner