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February 22, 2010 01:00 ET

Minibus Drivers Beware-Is Your Minibus Road Legal?

FLINT, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2010) - Leading minibus insurance broker, Staveley Head have offered advice for minibus drivers on check to ensure their vehicle is legal for the road.

If you drive a minibus, whether as a job or a volunteer, whether part-time or full-time, you as well as the owner of the vehicle are responsible for ensuring the vehicle is in a legal and roadworthy condition. The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) roadside examiners were extended powers under the 2006 Road Safety Act to issue fixed penalties to offending drivers following random roadside inspections.

The minibus DRIVER is legally required to carry out a "walkaround check" prior to each and every journey. If stopped by a VOSA roadside inspector and a fault is found to be evident, the driver will incur a fixed penalty fine or even a court appearance for more serious offences. The inspection should include the following checks.

Make sure that windscreen wipers and washers, horn and all exterior lights are working correctly. Ensure that all mirrors and glass are clean and to not impair vision.

Test that the brakes and steering mechanism are not defective in any way, and determine that there are no fuel or oil leaks.

Make sure that all doors and exits open easily and close fully, and that the passenger area has no obstructions or hazardous contents. Do not exceed the stipulated passenger allocation of the vehicle.

Ensure there is no excessive engine exhaust smoke which may discomfort or injure passengers.

Check that the first-aid kit is replenished and the fire extinguisher is both full and readily accessible.

Check the tyres and wheel fixings, remember a court can impose three penalty points and a fine of up to £5000 per illegal tyre, and make sure there is no loose or dangerous bodywork on the vehicle.

Make sure you have the correct driving licence for the vehicle you intend to drive.

This is not an exhaustive check-list. A more detailed and accurate guide van be found in "PSV Inspection Manual" available from VOSA which provides specific details of inspection procedures and minimum road worthiness standards for statutory testing of public service vehicles.

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