Survey reveals minibus time-bomb

A recent survey of school minibuses discovered that over half of the minibuses in use in the UK’s secondary schools are over 5 years old.

Obviously there is nothing wrong with having an older minibus – but we call this a “time bomb” because, as such vehicles get older, they are more and more likely to break down. 

Which means that in the coming year quite a number of schools are going to find that their prime source of student transport is out of action.

The breakdown of a school minibus is never a pleasant experience, not least because there is every chance that you won’t have a back-up service available.  As a result a school trip or visit will be cancelled, and that’s never good for the image of the school.

There is also the fact that as minibuses get older they need more attention, cost more to run and take up more time and money in maintenance fees.

Now we know from the survey that increasingly school minibuses are being used for regular journeys to other schools, colleges, swimming pools and the like. 

Which means that vehicles are not only on average older, but they are also being used more – all of which adds to the problem.

The simple solution (to buy a new minibus) is often an impossible option, since money is generally not available for such a purpose.

However, there is an alternative, which is to lease a minibus.  At present around 20% of school minibuses are leased – but the report shows that well over half of schools are now considering financing their next minibus via a lease.

What’s more, leasing still allows the school to have the school name and logo on the side of the bus – with a full range of models available.

If you would like to see what models are available, do take a look at our website – www.minibusleasing.co.uk/school-minibus.php

One final bonus: not only does leasing overcome the question of funding, it also offers the opportunity of putting the maintenance with the leasing company – thus ensuring that the bus is fully serviced throughout the year and running at the highest safety standards.

If you would like more information please email us at Minibus@benchmarkleasing.co.uk or call us on 01753 859 944.