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Deciding on Whether to Hire a Mini Bus Driver or License Yourself to Do So Instead

Say your company or organization has access to or owns a mini bus for random company trips, outings or field trips with the daycare kids. If you have a mini bus, you need to make sure that you have the correct licensing and qualifications to drive it. In some cities and states, it is required that you have a certain class of commercial license in order to operate a mini bus.

You may be wondering whether it is best to hire a mini bus driver for your occasional needs or as full-time transportation, or if you could save your company or organization money by licensing yourself to do it instead. In some cases, this could work quite well, especially if the mini bus is being used for your daycare or perhaps the local church group you attend. There may be no reason to hire on someone specific if you will only be using the mini bus on irregular occasions and wonít need a driver available every day.

Plus, the cost of hiring a driver can be strenuous on a companyís budget, as the hiring process itself can be costly and then the taxes and health insurance costs associated with the new employee can be hard on the budget. Having one of the club or organizationís members licensed to drive the mini bus vehicle is generally the most cost-effective and simplest way to go when it comes to finding someone to transport the passengers where they need to go.

If youíre interested in having yourself licensed for driving a mini bus, you will want to contact your local Department of Motor Vehicle Transportation and ask a few questions regarding what is required in your state and city when it comes to the type of driverís license you will need in order to operate a mini bus with passengers. There may be a special commercial license that is required in your area in order to operate larger passenger vehicles, and you want to make sure that you are not only qualified but licensed correctly. This is very important to ensure the safety of the passengers and that you are abiding by your local laws like you should!

You may end up having to take a special driverís test in order to be certified for driving a larger passenger vehicle. Make sure you know the rules of the road and understand the policies and procedures required in order to obtain and hold a commercial driverís license in your state and county. This is especially important if you have to take a written test as well as a physical driving test for your commercial driverís license.

Whether you decide to license yourself to drive your mini bus or you consider hiring a full or part time mini bus driver, the decision is entirely yoursóbut make sure that whatever you decide fits the needs of your organization and the budget as well! And then when youíre ready, start scheduling those outings and field trips with excitement and fun in mind!


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