Public, Community & School Transport

Minibus Event

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke, RG24 8FY

The day included a full programme of training and briefing sessions as well as an outdoor vehicle exhibition, for those considering purchasing a minibus, and an indoor exhibition including insurance and wheelchair restraint equipment suppliers.  

Training & Briefing Sessions

The training programme involved a mixture of free and chargeable courses including sessions such as:

  • Briefing Sessions on: Section 19 Permits, Driver Licensing & Hampshire Transport Management services

  • MiDAS Update for DATs

  • Using the Transport Self Help Kit

  • 5 Steps to Safety for Drivers

  • 5 Steps to Safety for Trainers

  • Bidding for Contracts

  • Buying/Leasing/Making best use of your Minibus

  • Developing a Successful Community Transport Business

  • Managing a Minibus

  • Minibus Maintenance

  • Minibuses: Getting to grips with the Law

  • Operating an MPV legally

  • Risk Assessments: An Introduction

  • Running a Community Bus Service

  • Safer Travel for Wheelchair Users


Many people also came solely to look at the exhibition which was free of charge. Good feedback was received about the exhibitions which consisted of 18 indoor exhibitors and 17 outdoor exhibitors

Indoor Exhibitors included:  Cogent Passenger Seating, Community Transport Training, CVM Minibuses, Eberspacher UK Ltd, Koller Engineering, Mix Telematics/Europe Ltd, Mobile Onboard, Phoenix Seating, Q'Straint, Rescroft Ltd, School Minibus Company, Thames Valley Operators CIC and Unwin Safety Systems

Minibus Exhibitors included:  Aptiga Ltd, Autoadapt UK Ltd, Courtside Conversions,.Euromotive (Kent) Ltd, EVM Ltd, GM Coachwork Ltd, Gowrings Mobility, Haynes Ford, Minibus World, Mellor Coachcraft, O & H Vehicle Conversions, Passenger Lift Services, Red Kite Vehicle Consultants Ltd, Stanford Coachworks and Mobility Services, TBC Limited,Treka Bus Ltd and Vapor Ricon Europe Limited

MiDAS driver of the Year 2014

Former Formula 1 racing World Champion Jody Scheckter, who set up home in Hampshire and now runs Laverstoke Park Farm at Overton, helped to present awards for the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) Driver of the Year 2014 competition.

Andy Gilbertson from Liss Junior School claimed the winners prize and was joined in the final by Tim Hendon from Community Action Fareham and Robin Kelley from One Community.

What delegates and exhibitors thought….

“Very good event – count me in for the next one!”

“Easy entry, parking and support from staff”

“Well worthwhile travelling from Lincolnshire (6hrs) to attend, thanks to all involved”

“Excellent courses on offer, would like to have done more”

“Very useful to see so many minibuses”

“Very helpful – wish I had done this course prior to the previous manager placing an order for a new bus!”

Alan Herbert-Okey from Gowrings Mobility explains to attendee Bob Beaumont how wheelchairs can be safely transported

Alan Herbert–Okey from Gowrings Mobility explains to attendee Bob Beaumont how wheelchairs can be safely transported.

Further information

If you would like more information on this event or would like to be attend as either an exhibitor or delegate at our next Minibus Event please contact us at:

Contact: Community Transport, Hampshire County Council

Tel: 01962 846785