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Minibus news during the pandemic

The restrictions put into place due to the pandemic of the COVID 19 virus has affected nearly all business including minibus services. These restrictions have forced many groups to cancel trips they were planning which included being transported by coach minibus vehicles. One of the factors that brokers use to determine your minibus insurance is your mileage. If your mileage is significantly down during the lockdown your insurance premium may have gotten cheaper. Best to contact your broker if you feel that you fall into this category. 

With a drop in business to near zero numbers of bookings, a majority of the minibuses are now sitting idle. Since transporting people is no longer necessary since most are now staying home, the need to feed these people is a growing concern.

To help out their community James and Sarah Clarke of Clarke’s Travel have decided to team up with South Birmingham Community Food Hub to help provide essential food to those in their area who are remaining at home. They are now making 100 to 250 drop-offs a day to help their neighbours through these troubling times the world is facing. This was reported by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Other coach companies in the area are also helping out with fuel and a minibus. 

The surplus food is being donated by Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Morrisons and others and are organized into individual parcels by the people at the community food hub.

What some of the coach businesses might consider is converting their interiors into small isolation cells like they are in the Philippines. They are also isolating the drivers to help stop the spread of the virus.

This just might be the future of travel for minibuses in the near future. There are already local businesses specialising in this type of modification to minibuses. By isolating the passengers from one another and keeping the driver safe from the passengers with a barrier, travelling in groups will be possible without spreading the virus.

No one can foresee the future, but this path of separating passengers who travel in minibuses might just become the new normal. These barriers are already in stores and shops and have proven to be effective in slowing the spread of the deadly virus. Being incorporated into the travel industry is just the next phase being taken to help keep people safe.