Buyers guide

Buyers Guide
Buyers guide

Buyers guide introduction

Welcome to the Minibus Options Buyers Guide, which provides a simple way to configure the perfect vehicle for your organisation. Whether you are a school, community transport operator, care home, outreach unit, patient transport service, special needs transport or commercial

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How to use this guide

We understand that the most important consideration when specifying a custom built minibus is to ensure the safety and convenience of your passengers. Whilst this is an aim shared by most of our customers, there are myriad ways to achieve

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L4H2X2 vehicle size
Buyers guide

Vehicle types

There are many different sizes of vehicles available.
This article will help you decide which vehicle is the right size for you.

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Wheelchair ramp
Buyers guide

Access

On a minibus, access is provided via both the side and rear entrances. For each, there are options to consider:– At the side entrance, different doors, steps and handrail arrangements may be specified.– At the rear entrance, wheelchair access options

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The downside is loss of use of the door and reduced saloon accessibility for the driver
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Front end variations

Access to the main passenger area (the vehicle saloon) can be configured in several ways to take into account everything from the mobility of the passengers to the need for luggage stowage. Usually, the sliding side door is the main

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Flush folding three-step entry with twin fold-out rails, modesty screen and weather screen
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Passenger access and steps

The first point to note is that the choice of base vehicle will have a strong bearing on the type of walk-in passenger entrance. As explained in the previous section, the entrance for a minibus can be to the nearside

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Underfloor Lift
Buyers guide

Wheelchair Access

This section explores the benefits and drawbacks of ramps versus tail lifts, the main subtypes of each, the situations when one might be more suitable than the other and the factors to consider when selecting from the available options. Wheelchair

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Semi-high back seat, trimmed in cloth and vinyl, twin grab headrest
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Accommodation

Once on board, all minibus passengers will be accommodated either in a seat or in their wheelchair, the latter in a space with a relative safety restraint. This section outlines the basic specifications for seats and wheelchairs alike, as well

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Semi-high back seat, trimmed in cloth, twin grab headrest
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Seating

There are many styles of saloon seat, from a selection of manufacturers. A large number are on display in our showroom.The seat choices offer different heights of backrest, cushion widths, and varying depths of contour.The saloon seats may be trimmed

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.... the seat can be tilted back on to its wheels and moved or taken out
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Removable Seating

The advent of seat tracking systems has brought with it great fl exibility in the way in which vehicle operators can specify and configure seating patterns. Instead of passengers having to adapt to a seating layout, the seating can be

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Tip and fold seating
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Tip and fold seating

There are several designs of ‘tip and fold’ seat, which in some configurations will allow the rear part of the saloon to be converted into wheelchair space without the need to remove seats from the vehicle.With the design shown below,

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The front webbing straps are fixed, and secure the wheelchair
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Wheelchair restraints

Any wheelchair and its occupant must be securely restrained.There are many systems available though most are a variation on a four-point webbing system. There are a number of “backrest” or “rear-locking” systems, however due to their size do not suit

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Seat with armrest
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Comfort

Comfort on a minibus can be addressed in a variety of ways. Wider seating trimmed in the right material, a properly restrained wheelchair and a suitable passenger restraint all count towards making a passenger more comfortable. These aspects should be

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There are a number of options for additional air conditioning
Buyers guide

Ventilation

One of the key areas to providing Comfort on a minibus is providing ventilation and a means of controlling the temperature.Ventilation on a minibus is provided by opening windows and roof vents. There is no minimum standard for ventilation and

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Full racking systems may be good for sports teams and schools
Buyers guide

Stowage

At Minibus Options, we’ve engineered some solutions to very specific stowage requests – including bicycles.In any vehicle, ensuring the secure stowage of luggage, restraint systems and any special luggage such as sports equipment isvital; apart from the obvious need for

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Drivers like the one who has this licence passed their test pre-1997 and thus have automatic D1 entitlement
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Minibuses and volunteer drivers

As more and more drivers who passed their driving test after 1997 volunteer to drive minibuses, many minibus owners are faced with a problem. Drivers who passed their tests before January 1997 automatically got a D1 entitlement, but those whose

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Type approval
Buyers guide

Minibus Type Approval – an overview

Vehicle Type Approval is confirmation that the vehicle meets prescribed standards. These standards derive from European Whole Vehicle Type Approval regulations (ECWVTA). For vehicles sold for use in the UK, certification is likely to be achieved through National Small Series

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Top tips to choose your vehicle

Start with the purpose in mind The reason for considering a specialist passenger vehicle is because there are no standard, off-the-shelf vehicles which meet your needs.In this case, the primary need is to accommodate a number of people on board

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Minibus finance options

A choice about funding a vehicle should be made separately to the vehicle itself. It is better to hand a detailed minibus specification to a finance provider and ask for figures based on your choices to make sure that the

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Leasing

Let us help you by bringing certainty to your vehicle provision in the coming years. Organisations who lease already understand the benefits such as fixed monthly payments and peace of mind from a well maintained vehicle. Contracts include roadside assistance

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