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(OCTOBER 2017)

1. All persons driving the 2nd Bath Company Minibus must be on the Register of Drivers.

2. Entitlement to drive the
2nd Bath Company Minibus is partly determined by the date when a driver passed his/her UK manual car driving test.

3. Drivers who passed the test before 1 January 1997 have an automatic entitlement (until the age of 70) to drive a minibus with 9-16 passenger seats. The old style of driving licence will show a driving entitlement of category A (cars).

4. The new style of driving licence will show category B (cars) and D1 (9-16 passenger seat minibuses).

5. Drivers who passed the test after 31 December 1996 are required to pass a further driving test in order to gain entitlement to drive a minibus with 9-16 passenger seats (category D or D1 on the new style driving licence). A driver who passed the manual car driving test after 31 December 1996, and who has subsequently passed a further driving test, which gives an entitlement to drive category D, or D1 vehicles, is required to have held his/her driving licence for a minimum of 1 year. However, under certain circumstances, a driver may drive such a vehicle without the need for such a test.
a) These circumstances are that:

  • The driver has held a full driving licence, with entitlement to drive a car (category B), for at least two years. minibus is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body. driver is providing his/her services on a voluntary basis (i.e. unpaid except for reimbursement of expenses). gross (i.e. laden) weight of the minibus is not over 3.5 tonnes (or 4.25 tonnes if the vehicle has a passenger lift and is capable of carrying people with disabilities). trailer is towed.
  • A driver who wishes to drive under the above exemptions will be required to sign a statement certifying that she/he meets the requirements set out above. When a driver reaches the age of 70, entitlement to drive a minibus with 9-16 passengers is lost unless she/he passes a medical.

b) In addition, a driver must:

  • Be between the ages of 25 and 70.
  • Complete and sign the 2nd Bath Company Minibus driver's registration form: a photocopy of the driver's paper vesrion of the driving licence is to be attached to this form (SEE c. BELOW)
  • He/ She must be able to answer "NO" to the following questions:

a. Have you had any convictions within the last 5 years, or do you have any prosecutions pending? you had an accident whilst driving a motor vehicle in the last 3 years? any period of a ban from driving been operative within the last 5 years? any company or underwriter ever declined, cancelled or refused to renew any motor insurance, or increased the premium or policy excess, or imposed special conditions?
b. Provide details about any medical condition, or medical history (whether physical or mental, including defective vision not corrected by glasses or hearing loss not corrected by a hearing aid) that may affect his/her ability to drive a minibus. In addition, details about any medication that is currently being taken, including dosage, should also be provided.
c. This process of Registration needs to be complete at the anniversary of the new or renewed minibus insurance or at any time when the driver's driving license details have changed - e.g. accidents, penalty points, etc.

6. The 2nd Bath Company Captain reserves the right to refuse any driver that they believe may be unsuitable and it is strongly recommended that drivers undertake MiDAS or a suitably local authority training course. This can be arranged through B&NES MOT & TEST CENTRE at Locksbrook Road, Bath. The course provider usually makes a charge of around 80.00 for the day PLUS the cost of the use of one of their provided minibuses.

MiDAS is the UK national standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers.

(Annual Registration of Drivers - Self-Hire only)

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