90% of schools own a minibus – of which your school may be one. But it is very often the case that a school minibus doesn’t get used as often as one might like because it simply isn’t big enough.
For if the number of students is greater than the capacity of the minibus, alternative modes of transport need to be arranged.
And this costs. Not least as a result of the additional costs arising from arranging alternative transport, but also because the minibus becomes cost inefficient. Particularly when we consider the capital spent on the initial purchase, the MOT, servicing, taxing, and insuring of the vehicle.
Yet purchasing a new minibus with greater capacity is not always an option for schools as budgets don’t often stretch this far. So what is the solution?
In leasing with Benchmark it is possible for schools to afford a modern minibus with greater capacity through a small monthly payment. And in some cases, where trips are paid for by contributions from parents and the PTA, it is possible to allocate a part of those payments towards the cost of the minibus – reducing the funds being deducted from the school’s capital account.