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Minibuses are ideal for transporting groups of people and are good value for money.
They normally have two seats on one side of an aisle and a single row on the other side. There is a little bit of space behind the rear seats where you can put some luggage, and passengers can normally find space to put their bags or kit under their seat.
Minibuses are normally converted from Long Wheel Based vans, so they are different to driving a normal car. They are longer, higher and wider and these factors must be taken into account when driving. Parking can be challenging unless the space is big enough!
The rules about your eligibility to drive a minibus sometimes seem a little confusing, but Easirent endeavour to ensure that the Insurance requirements are met:
– The Driver must hold a UK licence with a category D1 entitlement.
– Drivers who passed their car test before 01/01/1997 will normally have D1 on their licence.
– Drivers who passed since then will not have this category unless they have taken a separate test.
Overseas visitors may have the equivalent entitlement at home, but they will not be eligible to drive a Minibus in the UK without a UK licence.
Extra drivers are allowed for minibus hires, but the extra driver must also have a category D1 licence. The insurance excess for a minibus hire is £1,500.