It is rare to find a school that wouldn’t accept the offer of a minibus if it was there, available for them. But they don’t buy one, because of the cost.
However, two recent developments have ensured that more and more schools are now able to have minibus transport that they previously felt was out of their reach.
But – and this is the key fact – these two new approaches have to be seen together; on their own they look like interesting notions – but not a solution.
The two approaches are a) to lease the minibus on a set monthly fee which includes all servicing, maintenance and repair costs, and b) to share its use with a nearby school that is in the same cluster, trust or council as they are, so that each school has the bus for an agreed amount of time.
What’s more, many schools do then add a third element of their own to the equation – since they know how much the minibus will cost each month they do sometimes ask the PTA or other support group to make a contribution to that cost each month.
Now that is often very much welcomed since it means that the parents making the contribution to the minibus account know that is it their children who are benefiting, rather than the children in future years (as happens when the fund raising goes on for several years before a bus can be bought).
Sharing a leased minibus also has the benefit of ensuring that everyone is always driving a bus that is well maintained – since it is the leasing company that works on maintaining the bus in tip top condition.
If you haven’t leased a minibus or thought about sharing one, please do give me a call on 01753 859944 and I can talk you through how it all works.
But if you want to take a look at who we are and what we do before you call, you’ll find more information about leasing at www.minibusleasing.co.uk.