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Mini-Bus for Brighton University Sports Teams and Societies

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This is a petition to get the University of Brighton to purchase another Mini-Bus for Sports teams and Societies to use as they please.

The Government suggests that anyone with a Drivers License. I have been told that you can no longer drive a mini-bus in the UK unless you got your license before 1997. Well here is what the government has to say on the matter:

You Got you Driving Licence After Jan 1 1997

You can drive a minibus within the UK as long as the following conditions apply:

you’re 21 or olderthe minibus is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body you’ve had your driving licence for at least 2 years you meet the ‘Group 2’ medical standards if you’re over 70 - check with your GP if you’re not sure you meet the standardsyou’re driving on a voluntary basis and the minibus is used for social purposes by a non-commercial bodythe maximum weight of the minibus is not more than 3.5 tonnes - or 4.25 tonnes including specialist equipment for disabled passengers, eg a wheelchair rampyou’re not towing a trailer

So effectively, I could drive a Mini-Bus as long as its not rented/hired to me and I am not charging people to ride in it, it can only be for social purposes and non-commercial purposes. I can drive a Mini-Bus up to a 16 seater. See for yourself:

So therefore I ask all sports teams and societies to help me in getting Brighton University to purchase us a Bus. I don't mind if we all get together and raise the money for the bus ourselves, if that's the problem. We can surely all do enough fundraising to make this happen over the next academic year. But the University should pay for the insurance or provide us with a driver for when we need them.

This year I sat on the Sports Federation Committee who decides on which teams get funding. Much of the years budget was spent on Transport for teams to get to their competitions and Training. Most other universities have a mode of transport for their sports teams, so why not us?

Surely the Sports Teams and Societies can sign up one or two members of their club to be drivers, and the university can insure them for the days they need the Mini-Bus? We wouldn't have to insure them all year.

I have looked on Auto Trader and the prices fora 2nd hand Mini-Bus range from around £6000 - £9000. So lets get one!

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