Minibus safety inspections are legally required inspections that need to be completed by qualified engineers every 10 weeks (6 weeks for vehicles of 12 years and over)
Minibus checks are those completed by school staff or drivers before the vehicle is used – this might be every day. (Please click here to see our free app)
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Who needs DVSA minibus safety inspections?
Minibus Safety Inspections are required if you are operating your minibuses under a Section 19 Permit or a PSV Operator’s Licence. The frequency of inspections changes dependent on the types of vehicles you are driving and the licence or permit you’re operating under.
Minibus Safety inspections are not an advisory, they are a legal requirement, in addition to services and MOTs.
The government’s guide to roadworthiness states:
Operational needs must not override safety considerations. Safety inspections should, where it is practicable, be programmed to follow a time-based pattern. The frequency at which inspections are undertaken should be determined by assessing the level of mechanical degradation likely to be incurred over a period as a result of the vehicle’s usage. This will depend on such factors as:
- the age and type of vehicle operated
- the recommendations of the vehicle manufacturer
- the nature of its load, the equipment and fittings it carries or supports
- the type and range of operations on which it is likely to be engaged
- the type of terrain and the nature of the environment in which it operates or is likely to operate
- the distance and speeds at which it travels and the journey times.
Assessing the above factors for each vehicle will, in the majority of cases, enable a time-based programme of inspections to be formulated. Some operations, however, are subject to continuous change, or vehicles can frequently be reassigned to alternative tasks or routes, making the adoption of a strictly time-based inspection programme impracticable. Mileage-based inspection programmes may be more suitable for some operators but will need to be linked to time. (Source. 4.2 Safety inspection intervals DVSA Guide to Roadworthiness)