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Kent County Council Kent County Council Minibus Code of Practice Minibus Code of Practice Kent County Council Kent County Council Minibus Code of Practice Minibus Code of Practice December 2011 1 Foreword Kent County Council take their responsibility to everyone involved/affected by their work activities extremely seriously. Minibuses are widely used throughout KCC, playing a vital role in transporting service users, pupils, volunteers and staff. KCC endeavours to ensure everyone can do so safely through good management practice and clear practical guidance. When minibuses are involved in accidents the number of casualties can be higher than other forms of transport. Therefore, it is essential that staff are aware of their responsibilities, act upon them and reduce risks, where required. This code, co-ordinated by the KCC Health & Safety (H & S) Team in conjunction with KCC Road Safety, Kent Fleet and KCC Insurance, will be of use to KCC managers, governing bodies, drivers and others with any degree of responsibility for a minibus or passengers.
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Introduction Introduction A minibus is defined as a vehicle with between 9 and 16 seats, excluding the driver, with a maximum authorised mass (MAM) not exceeding 3.5 tonnes, (with the exception of some new long wheelbase minibuses (e.g. Ford Transits) which have a MAM of 4.1 tonnes). Vehicles which have been modified to take wheel chairs, will be registered for more passengers than they can actually carry and in these circumstances their status as minibuses will depend on the “registered capacity”, as stated in the logbook or on the registration document, and not on the actual number of passengers carried. Managers, drivers, escorts and supervisors need to be aware of this code of practice and their responsibilities for the safe use of minibuses and transportation of passengers for KCC. Basic guidance for managers is set out below and more detailed information, including that for drivers, escorts and supervisors, is contained within the appendices to enable key sections to be easily found and focussed upon. 1. Roles and responsibilities Managers should: refer to this code to understand their role, that of others, KCC, legislation and other requirements; ensure those responsible for a minibus or for anyone using it are aware of this code; ensure that standards are met. Drivers and escorts have responsibility to: comply with this code; co-operate with the manager in the safe use of minibuses; be conscious of their own safety, passenger safety and the safety of all other road users and pedestrians. 2. Existing code and good practice This KCC code supersedes all previous editions. Individual operating departments may have their own standards which are governed by service requirements and these may continue to be used but should not be of a lesser standard than those contained within this code.
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