Types of Minibus
As minibus travel has become ever more popular in the UK, the types of mini bus models available has grown significantly; the overall choice, though, has made it more difficult to decide on a minibus that suit your requirements.
A minibus can be built and customised to match anybody`s needs and features can be fitted to make travel the best experience possible, TV`s, DVD`s, minibars, additional lights and tinted glass windows are just some of the things that can be added by manufacturers and customizers. Many of the biggest names in car manufacturing have a range of minibuses on the market, some of these manufacturers are:
Each manufacturer offer different types of minibus to the other and each offers the market something different. Ford is a big player in the minibus market with their Transit range which is available in several sizes and shapes each with all-wheel drive. Mercedes are popular with the luxury Vito minibus which is available in three wheelbase sizes and manual and automatic transmissions. One other famous minibus that is popular for hire, especially for weddings in the Volkswagen Type Two otherwise known as the Volkswagen Camper. The Camper offers passengers the luxury of travelling is in vintage style and is still one of the most sought after minibuses on the market. The Fiat Ducato is a return to modern technology and is one of the most versatile types of minibus available, the Ducato`s range of sizes from nine to seventeen passengers and different engines sizes mean that it is widely used by hire firms across the UK.
VIP is a term that more commonly associated to limousines than minibuses, but in recent years the demand for the mini bus had led to many companies offering a VIP minibus. These are built to ensure that the customers travel in the ultimate style and comfort while enjoying the myriad of facilities on board. VIP buses are unlike any other types of minibus on the market and are customised to include, relaxing sofas, reclining chairs and large tables. They also have features that can keep any customer entertained including:
These features make a VIP minibus an excellent choice for party goers and sports teams alike.
- Games Consoles
- TV, DVD and Freeview television
- Neon Lights
- Mini bar and Champagne bar
- State of the art sound system
Wheelchair Access Minibuses
Another of the commonly used types of minibus is purpose built for wheelchair access; these are popular with special schools for picking up pupils and trips, local authorities and church groups. A minibus that has been modified for wheelchair access will include:
Some minibuses will be able to hydraulically lower to allow for easy access for wheelchairs without the need for a lift, making it easier to board.
- a fully operating lift or lightweight ramp for access
- Slip resistant flooring
- Seatbelts to secure wheelchairs
- Tracking to house a number of wheelchairs
- Hand rails and bars
- Removable seats
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