The minibus situation at ICU has been a constant joke for the previous few months. However Live! can now reveal that the situation is in fact far worse than originally thought.
In Monday's council Ramnath Ramanan (ICU Deputy President Finance and Services) presented a paper outlining the current fleet status. The paper stated we currently have 5 minibuses and 1 van in service, despite last weekend’s loss of one bus.
The problems all started in August when one club managed to seriously damage the 8 seater minibus by driving it without oil and water to France. Last weekend Mountaineering club added to the problem by seriously damaging another bus, which will apparently cost over £4500 to repair.
However it appears that the Mountaineering club bus, had no MoT and was therefore being driven illegally last weekend. Ramnath Ramanan confirmed the rumours to Live! this evening, saying “I fully accept responsibility for the mistake, and I have since discovered two other minibuses have no MoT’s and they have been withdrawn from service”.
This leaves only 3 working vehicles, of a total 10 which the union owns. Far more serious however is the lack of MoT for the bus involved in last weekend’s crash, since it now means the insurance is null and void, and so no money will be paid out for the accident.
Rumour has it that the serious situation will now be addressed at ICU Exec on Monday evening.