In the most simple of terms a school minibus says the most simple of things.
The new, sparkling, shiny modern bus says, “This school is going somewhere”. It announces that the school is progressing, looking to the future, providing a quality education for all those attending.
Of course, there are many other ways in which the school announces the quality of its work and the dedication of its staff, but the minibus, picking up and dropping off students – sometimes, perhaps, in full view of the parents – makes this message loud and clear.
It also makes teachers ever more enthusiastic for learning outside the classroom – an approach which is proven to generate a higher quality of learning with greater levels of retention of knowledge than education within the school.
Thus it is that given the choice most of us would choose to drive a new minibus rather than an old one, just as most students would prefer to be in a newer rather than older vehicle.
And there is a further point, because given the choice most of us would choose not to have to do all the maintenance work (including tyres, clutch, battery, etc) on the school’s minibus.
Now that desire can be met through having a leased minibus that comes complete with a maintenance contract.
The great benefit of leasing is that the purchase of the bus doesn’t come in one lump from school funds. Rather the bus is paid for as it is used by the school.
So you get a double benefit. A new minibus which is less likely to have problems plus the option of having a professional undertake all the standard maintenance and servicing.
This effectively reduces the onus that is put on the person who is nominated in the school’s transport policy to look after the minibus. Indeed, it was to overcome issues and difficulties such as this that we introduced full maintenance as part of our minibus leasing.
Not only do the schools that use our service get a new minibus without having to use current capital to buy it, but they also get our certification that the bus has been checked by qualified engineers.
Given that the majority of school minibuses on the road are over five years old, this approach can be particularly valuable.
If you would like to know more take a look at our website – www.minibusleasing.co.uk/school-minibus.php.
Alternatively email us at Minibus@benchmarkleasing.co.uk or call us on 01753 859 944.