The group has recently purchased 2 new minibuses for the group to use for camps and events. A new Fort Transit 17 seat minibus has been purchased, this has been funded with a generous donation of £31,610 made from the neighbourhood budgets of local Councillors Rob Yorke and Christine Wilson. The group has also a second smaller bus, a Ford transit 14 seat minibus, this has a lower weight, meaning that it can be driven on an ordinary car licence, both vehicles have tow bars fitted so that our box trailer can be used with either vehicle. Both vehicles are available for other voluntary or community groups to use when not in use by the Scout group, please see below for further details.
Requirements to Drive
The 17 seat Ford Transit has a vehicle weight that is over 3,500kg, therefore there is a requirement for the driver to have the D1 classification on their license, the smaller 14 seat Transit has a lover vehicle weight so can be driven on an ordinary car license (although a trailer cannot be towed if the D1 classification is not held) please see below for more details..
Section 19 Permits
Any groups using the Minibus’s and are charging their members for use should have a section 19 permit that specifically covers their group or organisation for the Scout association this can be ordered directly from Gillwell at a cost of £5 per permit, for other groups section 19 permits can be ordered from the Traffic Commissioners, both links are below.
Minibus pricing – 17 seat bus (16 Passengers & 1 Driver)
Bookings up to 12 hours – £25 plus £0.75 per mile (Fuel is included)
Bookings over 12 hours – £75 Per Day (24 hour period) excluding fuel (bus starts with a full tank of fuel and is returned full) unlimited millage
Minibus pricing 14 seat bus (13 Passengers & 1 Driver)
Bookings up to 12 hours – £20 plus £0.75 per mile (Fuel is included)
Bookings over 12 hours – £65 Per Day (24 hour period) excluding fuel (bus starts with a full tank of fuel and is returned full) unlimited millage
The group Ifor Williams Box Trailer can also be used with either of the minibus’s (subject to the driver having the D1+E classification on their driving license) there is an additional fee of £80 if the trailer is also required.
For availability & bookings, please see below all bookings require a £50 per vehicle deposit to be made at the time of booking to secure the use of the bus, deposits & full payments can be made by Bank Transfer into the groups account, or be cheque (made payable to 1st St Helens Auckland Scout Group) sent to the below address. the bus is usually collected from the below address in West Auckland, any change to the exact address will be confirmed closer to the pick up date.
Bank Transfer – Details
Bank Name CAF Bank
Account Name 1st St Helens Auckland Scout Group – Minibus Account
Sort Code 40-52-40
Ac No 00016951
Chris Chew (Group Treasurer)
21 Loweswater Grove
Please contact Chris if you want to make or discuss a booking.