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A new cost-effective, front-entrance minibus
replacement for the discontinued LDV
Convoy has been revealed by GM Coachwork.
The Ford Transit Falcon from the Devonbased
vehicle convertor is a conversion of the
Ford Transit LWB.
It has 16 OEM passenger seats with padded
head restraints and armrests, and a threestep
front entrance with a high grip, durable
floor and high-visibility handrails. A powered
entrance door is an optional extra.
In a variety of options with new and used
vehicles, prices are from £25,995.
David Vooght, GM Coachwork’s CEO, says:
“We see scope for considerable numbers,
because a front-entrance is often key to the
Improper use of minibus
leads to operator’s ban
A Shrewsbury minibus operator has been
banned for three years after wrongfully
undertaking work for hire or reward.
At a Birmingham Public Inquiry Traffic
Commissioner (TC) Nick Denton heard
that David Davies, trading as Wem Daves
Transport, ran a minibus with a class 5
MoT for private vehicles rather than the
required PSV MoT certificate, and the
O-Licence disc in the windscreen was a
The 16-seater, driven by David Davies’s
brother, Colin Davies, was checked at
Colin Davies’ driving licence did not
permit him to drive vehicles on hire or
reward. He did not have a driver DCPC and
was not using a tachograph.
Colin Davies claimed he was driving
some friends to the races. David Davies
was also at the racecourse driving an eightseater
private hire vehicle.
David Davies claimed that the eightseater
driven by him was being charged for,
but the 16-seater was being provided free.
Paramount Conversions has reaffirmed its
relationship with Whitburn, West Lothianbased
dealer Coachtraders, for deliveries to
British operators and displayed its first Iveco
Daily minicoach in Dublin.
It used the CTTC Coach & Bus Show in the
capital to reveal the new minibus design
which it says offers a special proposition.
The Co Offaly-based converter says that
the Daily’s attraction is its high GVW.
This allows a high specification to be fitted
to 22-seat versions, that can also include
double-glazed side windows or a wheelchair
Also displayed by Paramount at the 10th
biennial Irish show was a Volkswagen New
Crafter conversion with a sliding side door.
Banning Mr Davies and revoking the
O-Licence, the TC said the claim that the
customers had paid £400 to hire the
eight-seater and that he had provided
the 16-seater free of charge was, frankly,
Offences detected by DVSA in check at Ludlow races
Front entrance is often key to contract work
High GVW means 22-seats with hi-spec too
A consultation by the
(TCs) on whether the
amount of financial
standing required by
restricted licence holders
- typically minibus
operators - should be
altered has received just
10 responses. The rate,
£3,100 for the first vehicle
and £1,700 for the second,
has not changed since
2004. The TCs say “further
engagement” is now
required, before making a
North Yorkshire County
Council has stepped in
with its own fleet of
minibuses on the crosscountry
to Tadcaster route after
pulled out at short
notice due to operational
Bromley Youth Trust’s
Ford Transit minibus
was stolen overnight
after being parked in the
southeast London suburb.
Hired out to various
organisations, the charity
says the theft will harm
groups including Biggin
Hill Community Care
Association whose elderly
residents have been left
without transport since
A charity that provides fun
days out for vulnerable
children in Glasgow has
been gifted a minibus from
Children’s Aid. Quarriers
received the donation
for its Opt-In service,
which seeks to transform
the lives of vulnerable
children in the city.