We are extremely fortunate that no-one was injured in the minibus crash last weekend. I dread to think how serious a situation we would now be dealing with if a tragedy had happened, especially if it was later discovered that the vehicle was not roadworthy.
Buses wind up with no water/oil because the drivers don't check the level and then ignore the warning lights (or perhaps the warning lights' bulb had gone). There's a pre-flight checklist in each van and I do think that although it's up to the Union to maintain the vehicles, it's the driver's responsibility to ensure they're roadworthy before they take them out and whilst they are on hire.
Does anyone know how soon we can have more buses back on the road? One of our bus bookings has been cancelled - will the Union pay for a commercial hire (assuming we can find a driver over 25) or will they refund the outlay we've already spent for an event we may have to cancel due to lack of minibus?
Glad no-one was hurt at the weekend though, hopefully we've seen the last of the crashes
Yes I know of the driver too... How we can have a fleet of ten buses, but only 3 on the road beggars belief! My booking was adversely affected too (read cancelled), and more expensive alternatives have been sought. One would have thought that the prices that are charged would cover maintenance and so on, if not, put them up! And how a bus could be driven with no oil or water to France (thought it wasn't allowed to go overseas) is also amazing. Do the scientists/engineers at IC have no idea about the functioning of a diesel engine? Don't they follow instructions for everyone's safety at the beginning of a voyage? or do they jst not know how to open the bonnet?!
Minibuses are cheaper from Kenning anyway, ?183 including VAT, so ?156 without. How can the union justify charging so much extra for ancient clapped out vans which they can't maintain? Perhaps because they don't fill them with water/oil, and forget to MOT them. We (the students) will have to pay for that written off van, thank God no-one was hurt!
Minibuses are inherently evil and the bane of any students' union... even worse than boat clubs (j/k) :)
The problem arises when newer students apply to drive Kennings heavy minibuses - you have to hold a D1 licence to drive one - most don't these days... and you can transfer the insurance, but then there are issues of age too. I think the way forward is to hire unicycles or hampsters to get around (round, round get-a-round, I get around...)
"If you're talking about transferring the Union insurance to cover Kenning's minibuses, i'm afraid you are wrong"
Sorry Sam but I think you may be wrong. The union insurance is through college, which allows any employee of the policyholder (i.e. college or union) to drive any vehicle they own (ICU minibusses) or any vehicle loaned or hired providing it is not from an employee.
So Kenning minibusses would be ok....
I only know this because Land Rover gave Team Bo' a free Defender for the week in the summer to go to France with, and it was covered by college/union insurance!
If you want a copy of the document it is on the wall in the Guilds office....
'According to the certificate of motor insurance in the case of the vans and minibuses the description of vehicles covered is 'any vehicle designed for the carriage of passengers having a seating capacity of 8 or more the property of the policyholder or hired or lent to him other than by any person in his employ'.
According to this you are actually allowed to use the college insurance on hired minibuses as long as you use these buses for College business/purposes and the Union is well aware of it and has full documentation of the hired vans.'
Kenning price is from midday on friday to midday on Monday, and includes VAT, therefore is ?34 cheaper than the union for newer (working!) vans.