Minibus Legislation

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Definition of a Minibus

The legal definition of a minibus is a motor vehicle that has been constructed or adapted to carry between 9 and 16 passengers in addition to the driver. Minibuses are utilised by many organisations in the private & corporate sector as an essential mode of transport for staff and clients.

The Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986


It is an offence under road traffic law to cause, or permit, a minibus to be driven on the road when its condition, or the manner in which it is used, may cause danger to passengers in the minibus or to other road users. Operators of minibuses must comply with relevant legislation, advice in the Highway Code, and take all other reasonable measures to protect the driver, the passengers and other road users from the risk of injury.

Health & Safety

Under the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, organisations have responsibility to manage health and safety effectively. Anyone who operates a minibus to carry passengers has a duty to take all reasonable care and precautions and to ensure that it is operated safely. Health & Safety guidelines state that “health and safety law applies to on-the-road work activities and the risks should be effectively managed within a health and safety system.”

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