Minibus Safety Inspections2022-04-06T08:41:07+00:00
Minibus Safety Inspections

Castle Minibus have a fleet of engineers that will visit your school and complete your required safety inspections, whether you are an existing Castle Minibus customer or not.

Minibus Safety Inspections with Castle Minibus

Castle Minibus have a fleet of engineers that will visit your school and complete your required safety inspections, whether you are an existing Castle Minibus customer or not.

Minibus Safety Inspections with Castle Minibus

What are minibus safety inspections and why do schools need them? Marianne from Castle’s compliance team explains.

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If you operate a minibus under a Section 19 Permit, you are required to carry out regular minibus checks and inspections.  Safety inspections, 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.

Read more at gov.uk (Section 11.2)

Why Castle Minibus

  • We are the largest providers of school safety inspections in the UK

  • We are the most trusted provider for providing safety inspections with over 10,000 inspections carried out a year

  • Our engineers call you to arrange the next inspection so you don’t need to

  • Our engineers can also arrange for your annual MOT

  • UK mainland coverage

  • DVSA/Police approved reports for your records

  • Available to non-Castle customers

FAQs

Why do we need regular safety inspections?2021-09-01T14:52:59+00:00

They are a requirement under a Section 19 Permit in addition to MOTs and services. Recommended every 10 weeks (regardless of milage) for minibuses under 12 years old and every 6 weeks for vehicles 12 years and older.

Who can complete a minibus safety inspection?2022-05-26T13:29:28+00:00

A ‘qualified’ engineer needs to complete your safety inspections and ideally it should not be the engineer that complete services and MOTs. If an issue is identified this should not be resolved as part of the inspection.

Do the 6 or 10 week safety inspection replace the daily walk-around checks?2022-05-26T13:29:17+00:00

No, these checks are in addition to the daily walk around checks, MOTs and services.

How long does a safety inspection last?2022-05-26T13:29:07+00:00

A proper safety inspection should take 45-60 mins.

Do I need to keep records of my safety inspections?2022-05-26T13:28:54+00:00

Yes, you need to not only keep records that these inspections are completed for 15 months but also have 6-month plan in place for MOTs, services and inspections.

Where can I read more about vehicle safety inspections?2022-05-26T13:28:29+00:00
What is a minibus safety inspection checklist?2022-06-27T15:44:25+00:00

A minibus safety inspection checklist is what engineers complete when they do a safety inspection. This checklist lets the school know if there are any problems with the vehicle. Minibus Safety Inspections are required under a Section 19 Permit and need to be completed by a qualified engineer every 10 weeks (or 6 weeks for vehicles over 12 years old) regardless of mileage.

Owners of minibuses also need to complete daily/weekly checks to ensure the vehicles are ready to be driven, and there are no faults or issues. Castle Minibus has a free minibus safety checklist app that drivers can download with a 12-point and 40-point checklist that they can then send to their designated transport manager to be managed and filed.

 

What are minibus 10-week safety checks?2022-05-26T13:24:42+00:00

If you operate your vehicles under a Section 19 Permit you are required to have a minibus safety inspection, or check, every 10 weeks ( 6 weeks for vehicles over 12 years old) regardless of mileage. These checks need to be completed by a qualified engineer and are as well as regular services and MOTs but it is recommended you use an independent engineer for safety inspections.

What are minibus safety checks?2022-02-15T11:40:48+00:00

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.

 

What are Minibus Safety Inspections?2022-02-15T11:25:03+00:00

Minibus safety inspections are required if you operate under a Section 19 Permit. The DVSA recommends safety inspections every 10 weeks, or 6 weeks for vehicles over 12 years old, regardless of mileage. These checks are in addition to regular services and MOTs but it is recommended you use an independent engineer for safety inspections.

Castle Minibus offer minibus safety inspections to schools and organisations across the UK. Our mobile engineers come to your school to complete these checks and leave you with the relevant paperwork that needs to be filed and kept for at least 15 months.

What are the coach minibus safety inspection intervals?2022-05-26T13:23:39+00:00

The DVSA recommend that Minibus Safety Inspections are completed every 10 weeks for vehicles less than 12 years old, and every 6 weeks for vehicles over 12 years. This is regardless of milage.

For more information visit DVSA Guide to Roadworthiness

 

What is a minibus safety inspection?2022-05-26T13:23:09+00:00

A minibus safety inspection is a thorough check completed by a qualified engineer to ensure that the vehicle is roadworthy. Minibus Safety Inspections are required under both a Section 19 Permit and PSV Operator’s licence every 10 weeks for vehicles under 12 years old – as recommended by the DVSA, regardless of mileage.

How often do you need a minibus safety inspection?2022-05-26T13:23:01+00:00

The DVSA recommends that minibus safety inspections are completed every 10 weeks for vehicles of 12 years and under, regardless of mileage, and every 6 weeks for vehicles 12 years+. These checks are as well as regular servicing and MOTs

Is a minibus safety inspection the same as a service?2022-05-26T13:22:52+00:00

No, a minibus safety inspection is different to a regular service, and both are required, along with an MOT, to ensure roadworthiness. It is recommended by the DVSA that a minibus safety inspection is completed every 10 weeks for vehicles under 12 years old and that it is carried out by an independent qualified engineer – not the same engineer that completes the MOT and service.

What are DVSA minibus inspections?2022-05-26T13:22:41+00:00

The DVSA updated its guidance in 2017 recommending that minibus safety inspections should be completed every 10 weeks for vehicles under 12 years old, and every 6 weeks for those over 12 years of age. These inspections are required to prove roadworthiness and are a condition of the Section 19 Permit and Operators’ licence. They are in addition to services and MOTs.

Who can complete a minibus safety inspection?2022-05-26T13:22:27+00:00

A minibus safety inspection is not the same as a walk-around check and has to be completed by a qualified engineer that can certify the vehicle is roadworthy. It is recommended that these safety inspections are completed by an independent engineer to identify any issues to potential failings – repair work can then be completed, but not as part of the inspection. The DVSA recommends that these inspections are completed every 10 weeks for vehicles under 12 years old, regardless of mileage or how often they are used.

Is a minibus safety inspection the same as a daily or weekly check?2022-05-26T13:22:16+00:00

A minibus safety inspection is not the same as a daily or weekly check as it needs to be completed by a qualified engineer and includes a thorough inspection. A daily or weekly check also called a walk around check is completed by drivers before they take the vehicles on the road to ensure there aren’t any obvious issues with the minibus, such as a bald tyre.

Who needs DVSA minibus safety inspections?2022-05-26T13:21:56+00:00

If you are operating a minibus under a Section 19 Permit or PSV Operators licence, you will require minibus safety inspections every 10 weeks for vehicles under 12 years old (every 6 weeks for vehicles 12 years+). These checks are regardless of milage, or use of the vehicle and the paperwork must be kept for 15 months.

What paperwork is required for minibus safety inspections?2022-05-26T13:21:45+00:00

The DVSA requires holders of a Section 19 Permit to have a 6-month plan of their minibus maintenance schedule that includes services, MOT and minibus safety inspections. On completion of the inspection, the engineer will provide a copy of the inspection checklist that organisations are required to keep for 15 months. When applying for a Section 19 Permit (new or renewal) details of your vehicle maintenance arrangements are required including contracts/agreements from your safety inspections provider.

How long does a minibus safety inspection take?2022-05-26T13:21:36+00:00

A minibus safety inspection should take around 45 minutes and includes the removal of the wheels to check tyres and brakes. The engineer will complete a checklist that they leave with the school identifying any issues, or potential issues. The engineer completing the check will not/should not complete any remedial work. It is recommended that minibus safety inspections be completed by an independent engineer who is not also responsible for service and MOT.

Can minibus safety inspections be completed at school?2022-05-26T13:21:19+00:00

Yes, unlike a service or MOT a minibus safety inspection can be completed onsite by a mobile engineer. Castle Minibus are the UK’s leading provider of minibus safety inspections, having completed over 10,000 in 2021 with two mobile engineer partner organisations. Minibus safety inspections are a requirement under a Section 19 Permit and details of maintenance arrangements including a copy of an agreement/contract are required when applying for a permit.

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