This Health & Safety Notice should be read and understood by all employees and students of Oxford Brookes University who have a responsibility for arranging the hiring of minibuses and/or driving minibuses on field trips, visits, sports activities etc.
Additional driving skills are required in order to handle a minibus safely. It is not simply like driving a large car. The weight and size of the vehicle are greater. In addition the driver takes on responsibility for the safety of passengers. Although rare, serious accidents have occurred when educational establishments use minibuses. The DVLC (fact sheet INF28), The Oxfordshire County Council's Minibus Regulations, The Operation of Minibuses in the Voluntary Sector Code of Good Practice and the University's insurers advice have been used as a basis for this Health and Safety Notice.