Everything you should be Checking on your School Minibus
Transporting Children can be a tricky business. Teachers cope with those who get travel sick, those who always need the toilet and the ones who want to sing as loudly as possible all the way there. Don’t let the school minibus be another complication to add to the list!
Every school should have a detailed checklist for the driver to complete before the minibus is used. This is essential to conform to Health and Safety requirements and particularly important after school holidays, when the minibus may have been standing unused for a long period of time.
Here is the Rivervale Leasing guide to the minimum checks you should be making before the children climb aboard;
- Check all lubricants and fluids (oil, coolant, windscreen wash) in the vehicle
- Check tyre tread depth and examine tyres for cuts and damage
- Tyre pressures (include spare wheel)
- All lights, indicators, markers and reflectors for condition, cleanliness and serviceability
- Windscreens and windows are clean and free of damage
- Wipers are in good condition and clean
- Bodywork in good condition and free from damage
- Check driver’s seat is adjusted for the driver and that mirrors have been adjusted accordingly to provide a clear view of the road behind
- Seat belts (all of them) are working and good condition
- Know which fuel is used and the check fuel level
- Check all dashboard instruments are working
- Check handbrake works and perform a slow rolling test of the brakes
For a more detailed school minibus pre-drive checklist, please visit The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website.
The comments above do not necessarily reflect Rivervale's views unless clearly stated.
7 January 2016
Written by Natalie Faughy