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April 24, 2009 07:00 ET

Staveley Head: Warning To Minibus Drivers

FLINT, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 24, 2009) -

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Staveley Head, one of the country's leading minibus insurance providers, is concerned that many minibus drivers are not aware of stringent new regulations that apply to all drivers of coaches, buses and minibuses, whether volunteers or professionals.

Anyone driving a minibus and found to be breaking the rules when stopped at a roadside check could now find themselves receiving a Fixed Penalty Fine.

A spokesman for Staveley Head said "Most bus and coach drivers and operators are professionals and will keep abreast of new regulations, but many minibuses are driven by volunteers for charities and social organisations or the private individual. These drivers, perhaps, may not be so aware of new legal requirements."

Police officers, and also Enforcement Officers, will have the power to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice, as an alternative to a Court prosecution, to any driver of a defective minibus. The same powers apply to other offences such as exceeding the drivers hours limits or overloading.

The Staveley Head spokesman went on to say "The condition and conduct on the road of any minibus is the responsibility of the driver, not necessarily the owner or operator. So any offending driver is likely to get points on his licence as well as a hefty financial penalty."

But it is suggested that many of these offences are easily avoided. VOSA estimates that over 30% of mechanical defects can be identified by a walk-round examination of the vehicle either before or during the journey.

If you want further information about this subject, need to compare minibus insurance or simply want a minibus insurance quote Staveley Head will be pleased to assist.

Staveley Head is one of the country's leading minibus insurance providers and will give you all the advice and assistance you need, including a very competitive minibus insurance quote on line.

For more information on any aspect of mini bus insurance contact Staveley Head on 0845 017 9991 or email quotes@staveleyhead.co.uk.

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