Minibus hire can provide a convenient means of transporting children, teachers, and assistants and escorts on any school trip, whether it is a one-off education excursion, for an annual sports tournament, or even on weekly swimming lessons. The size of the minibus means that it is not suitable for larger groups, consisting of several classes, but may prove suitable and more convenient than the use of a coach or bus when taking smaller groups on excursions and trips.
Depending on the model chosen, a minibus may hold as many as 16 passengers, as well as the driver, with smaller models typically able to accommodate around 8 passengers. The bus will also have room for baggage or equipment, making it even more convenient for those trips that require the transport of additional items. Renting a minibus offers a number of benefits over buying, including lower up-front costs, no need to keep the vehicle maintained, and the ability to be able to choose larger or smaller vehicles as and when you need the additional or less room.
School trips can take many forms. Days at the museum or other educational location, even weekends camping or visiting historic cities, annual sporting tournaments held at other schools or venues, or even weekly swimming lessons or fortnightly away games. You can’t expect the children to make their own way to such events, and parents will expect safe and reliable transport to be put on in order to ensure that the kids are safe and arrive on time at the right location.
Transporting all of the people that are going on an excursion in a single vehicle is a convenient option, and renting that vehicle offers greater convenience when compared to buying, in a number of ways. You don’t have to safely store the minibus, you don’t have to pay for ongoing maintenance and repairs, and you don’t have to worry about upgrading when the minibus reaches the end of its useful life. By ensuring that you hire a suitable vehicle, you can assign enough teachers and assistants to ensure that every child is looked after and you meet insurance and risk assessment requirements for days away from the school premises.
Flexibility is afforded to the school, because you do not have to commit to using the same size or even same style of vehicle whenever you rent. You could rent a size able coach for larger visits, or a small minibus when you only need to take a handful of children away from school for the day.
Renting a vehicle not only means that you don’t have to worry about paying for the maintenance and upkeep that you would if you owned the vehicle, but it means that you will always have a vehicle available. If your own bus breaks down, then you either have to have it repaired or look for a last minute replacement, but with a hired minibus you can be assured of receiving a vehicle that is in good and fully working order.
Call Nationwide Hire on 0500 053 899 to request a quote, or visit their site to see the fleet of modern minibuses that are available for hire. They have a selection of sizes and classes of minibus to meet your needs, whatever those might be.