Most schools considering a new minibus consider that the upkeep and safety checking of it will be difficult and complicated. In fact a minibus is just a van with seats and its mechanical servicing is identical, but because you are transporting people on a daily basis, a daily safety schedule, in addition to the legally required and properly recorded service schedule for your minibus, should be adhered to
Start with the engine and check the oil level, the coolant level and the brake fluid levels. At Carlease UK and Vanlease UK we are not just a leasing brokerage, we are a garage as well. If you need some help going through this process at any time, contact Phil King and we will do everything we can to advise you
Check your screen wash bottle and top up with a high quality screen wash, make it stronger in Winter so that it doesn’t freeze and also, check your wipers for splitting and damaged rubber.
Check your tyres for side wall damage and nails/screws in the tread. Tyre pressures of a minibus are a lot higher than those of a car, varying between 50 and 60 psi rather than the average of 30 psi of a car. Again if you are unsure you can ring us any time or if you are local pop in even on a Saturday morning. Check the spare wheel at the same time
You must always have a warning triangle and a first aid kit on board, make sure that they are in place. Check all seat belts and that all doors open and close properly. Check your documents that live in the minibus, like break down cover and contact details. Finally, make sure that the vehicle has enough fuel for the next two journeys that are arranged as a minimum