Post by Catford94 on Mar 2, 2023 0:26:06 GMT
And I never knew I could get a ticket for using my preserved bus on a bus lane.
In terms of family and friends like you said I have to let someone know in advance I'll be using my preserved bus
With a single decker bus I can carry a full bus with family and friends as long I've got permission from my insurance.
Now let's say Because I'm a Christian, my church wants to go to a church event in Wembley for example and in my insurance its it allowed as its helping out?
Some bus lanes etc are OK - just depends what the sign shows - some have the word 'local' across the white on blue bus on the sign, some don't.
You might have to let your insurers know in advance, you might not. You don't have to let anyone 'in authority' know if you're going to drive a licensed vehicle on the public highway any more than you would do if you go out in your car.
It doesn't make any difference what size the bus is whether you can take a full load or not - if you have a full PCV driving licence then that side of it is covered, if you don't have a PCV then I don't see how you can. But yes, your insurance would need you to cover you to do that, either in terms of not having a limit on passenger numbers, or on a X number of days a year basis.
The church event or similar is possibly a grey area. If you are doing it on a purely voluntary basis, and paying all the costs yourself, and neither the church or the passengers are paying you, then the best I can say is possibly but I'm not sure I'd want to do it. (I'm not a lawyer and I don't work for DVSA or similar.)
At one point in time, organisations like schools, churches, scout groups and the like could run a bus without the driver / vehicle / operator being PSV licensed - so could contractors and factories so long as nobody was paying directly or indirectly to travel. This pretty much stopped in the early 1990s when many of the rules changed.
There is the concept of 'permit' operation where a non-profit organisation can run a bus without going through the full PSV operator licensing system. There's more here, and I'm not an expert on it.