Private Bus Hire Tips

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I'm in charge of organising the school camps for our school. It's a lot of work and we have to be sure that our kids are safe, especially while travelling. We don't own a bus as a school, so we hire one from a charter company. The new buses are a lot more comfortable than the ones that we used to go on to get to school camps back in my day. A comfortable bus makes a good start to a memorable part of the school year. This blog is all about hiring buses for school camps and outing and will be useful to school adminstrators.


Private Bus Hire Tips

3 April 2023
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Do you intend to hire a private bus? Most people take a casual approach to the bus rental process. It inclines them to make mistakes that affect their experience or increase the rental costs. Below are some bus hire FAQs to help you during the rental process.

Where Do You Hire A Private Bus? 

There are many private bus hire companies in Australia. The secret is to compare their operation protocols to ensure you choose the best service in the market. For instance, assess customer reviews to establish how the company treats its customers. For example, does the company promptly respond to customer inquiries? How does the rental company handle disputes? Does the company have adequate insurance? Does the bus rental have certifications from government agencies and transport associations? These assessments help you choose an appropriate company. You should also check the company's operating routes. It is especially so when travelling interstate or to another country. 

What Should You Consider When Renting A Private Bus?

Consider these tips when renting a private bus. 

  • Assess the passenger manifest to determine the capacity of the rental bus.
  • How much luggage will you carry? When transporting heavy and bulky baggage, examine the storage capacity and gross vehicle mass of the bus.
  • What amenities do you need? Rental buses can have awnings, washrooms, fresh water tanks, cooking and entertainment equipment.
  • Check the fuel consumption of the bus. It is especially so if you intend to spend a few days on the road.
  • Assess the condition of the rental coach. Remember, worn-out tires, damaged suspension and braking issues could lead to accidents. 

You should also examine the company's conditions. For example, does the company provide a driver? If it does, are you liable for their upkeep during the trip? Check the client's obligations. For instance, the company could ask you to clean the bus before you return it. Besides, you are liable if you damage the bus seats, windows or any equipment on the bus. Unfortunate incidents could happen during your trip. Therefore, ask the bus company whether it offers alternative means of transport if your bus breaks down or suffers an accident. 

When Is The Best Time To Hire A Private Bus?  

As a best practice, you should hire the bus a few weeks before your trip. It gives you the luxury to compare quotes from different companies and negotiate for lower rates. Most companies give significant discounts during the low season to remain profitable. For instance, they could lower the rental costs if you make an online booking or offer complimentary services such as free drinks during the trip. 

Reach out to a private bus hire company to learn more.