Driving for Work including minibus safety

Please find below a range of documents which outline the guidance for schools who have staff driving for work, and for those who use minibuses.

Driving for Work

The Schools’ Driving for Work Guidance is for school staff and volunteers both in relation to driving on your own for work as well as transporting children and young people. It has information about car and licence checks, breakdowns, legalities as well as links to orther related information.

There is also comprehensive guidance about insurance for when you use your own car for work, so please read it carefully.

Guidance from Suffolk on Board

Suffolk on Board is a website from Suffolk Passanger Transport. They also have really useful guidance that is relevant for schools on their Guidance, Documents and FAQ’s for Bus travel. The guidance include:

  • Driving on School Premises
  • School Staff Directing Travel
  • Wheelchair Users
  • Safe Vehicles

Minibus Safety

When a school use a minibus which is driven by a staff member or volunteer, there are a lot of safety measures you need to be aware of. Here’s a list of useful guidance from various sources:

  • Driving – school minibuses advice: schools and local authorities – Advice on when a school employee with a car driving licence may drive a minibus and when a section 19 permit might be required.
  • Section 19 and 22 permits and obligations: not for profit passenger transport – If your school owns a minibus, you need to familiarise yourself with this guidance, which is about organisations that provide transport on a ‘not-for-profit’ basis. They can apply for permits under Section 19 or Section 22 of the Transport Act 1985. These permits allow the holder to operate transport services for hire or reward without the need for a full public service vehicle (PSV) operator’s licence. This guidance explains the rules for the permits and how to apply for them.
  • Minibus safety from RoSPA – The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accident (RoSPA) have guidance for driving larger vehicles including minibuses. On their page, you can find a Minibus driver’s handbook, a Minibus pre-drive safety checklist, and a Minibus code of practice.
  • Safety of school minibuses – guidance from the National Education Union.

If you are at all concerned about Insurance details, please contact the Insurance Team directly:  insurance@suffolk.gov.uk. For any other questions, please email nina.bickerton@suffolk.gov.uk – safety, health and wellbeing advisor for schools.