The fact that over half the secondary schools in the UK have at least one minibus is not a surprise. But what is a surprise is that a recent survey conducted by the School of Educational Administration and Management found that over half of those school minibuses are over 5 years old.
Of course there’s nothing wrong with an older minibus – except for the fact that, as with all vehicles, as they get older they need more attention, cost more to run and take up more time in maintenance.
Plus there is the point that minibuses are, according to the survey, increasingly being used for regular journeys to other schools, colleges, swimming pools and the like, as well as occasional visits organised by departments.
All of which means that vehicles are not only on average older, but they are also being used more – and this adds to the problem.
The simple solution (buy a new minibus) is often an impossible option, which is why the older vehicles are being kept on the road.
However, there is an alternative, which is to lease a minibus. At present around 20% of school minibuses are leased – but the SEAM 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.