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
- Check tyre pressures (including spare wheel)
- Ensure all lights are working correctly (headlights, indicators, breaklights, hazard lights)
- Ensure the windscreen and windows are all clean and free from damage
- Walk around the vehicle and check the bodywork is 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 the location of first aid kits and fire extinguisher
- Check relevant paperwork such as MOT test certificate
- Check wipers and washers are working effectively
Brakes should be checked before any passengers travel in the bus
- With the engine running check the handbrake is functioning correctly
- Depress the brake pedal to ensure it feels firm
- If you can do so safely an off road brake test is recommended. To do this drive at a low speed of around 10mph then apply the brakes firmly. The brakes should work efficiently to bring you to a swift stop and no pulling to one side of the vehicle should be experienced.
For a more detailed school minibus pre-drive checklist, please visit The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website.
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7 January 2016
Written by Natalie Faughy