Let us start by saying that we hope you are doing well.
As you are aware, the recent Government initiatives to try to restrict the spread of COVID-19 have meant many workers and their children have found themselves effectively house-bound for the foreseeable future.
If you are working from home or are still attending your place of work, you may have found that with less pupils attending your school you have extra time to focus on other projects. We wanted to share some ideas with you about actions you can take around minibus and driver safety, which we can support you with.
1. Carry out minibus checks.
Whilst your vehicles might continue to provide support some of your pupils, the mileage and use will generally be minimal. This gives you an opportunity to look over your minibus to ensure that it is safe, roadworthy and topped-up.
We have some information sheets that will include a checklist of what to look for on your minibus. Please contact us and we will gladly send you one.
2. Deep clean your minibus.
Whilst your minibus is out of service, this is a great opportunity to clean the outside of the vehicle which, at the same time, will highlight any areas of damage (i.e. scuffs, chips and scratches).
When washing your minibus, ensure your side steps are free of mud and grit, and remember to give the inside of the minibus a really good deep clean. Whilst you will probably know a list of suppliers of good cleaning solutions, we’re always happy to advise on the best products to use on your minibus – Ask us.
Don’t be afraid to go all-out on the floor – most minibuses will happily tolerate floor mopping. Remember to clean the windows inside and out to ensure good visibility.
For the seats (front and back), scrub them well with a foam cleaner and allow to dry. Wipe down seat belts, door handles and driving controls too.
3. Time for a minibus re-brand?
Is your minibus artwork looking old and tired, or perhaps peeling off? We can put you in touch with a graphics team who can help by working with you to design a fresh new logo or art piece for you minibus during this period of enforced down-time.
If you would like to go ahead with this project, the team will be happy to work with you to create a striking visual that can be applied to your minibus by visiting your school site when safe to do so.
4. Driver Licence Checks.
When was the last time you checked your drivers licences? This can be done quickly and easily online, free of charge. Contact us for a step by step guide.
5. Complete online driver assessments.
If your staff are using laptops or other technology during the lockdown, why not take advantage of a variety of online, professional training courses? We can offer online driver behaviour & knowledge assessments and training modules.
These are an effective way of ensuring everyone has had the same level of initial training and assessment, plus we can recommence with in-vehicle training once safe to do so.
6. Check your minibus policies.
Do you have an up-to-date minibus use policy document at your school?
Have all the drivers signed to say they have read it?
Do you need advice on any particular issue?
Would you like some help writing a policy document?
If you would like advise on any of the above, please get in touch with us and we can send a policy template. We’re also happy to read through your current documents and advise on any changes at no cost to you.
We hope that some of the suggestions above are helpful for you. We at Bridle Minibus Leasing are still working hard (remotely) helping schools with queries, quotes for new minibuses and helping with compliance questions.
We’re always happy to help you, so please get in touch.