Converting Your Van Into a Minibus

If you own a van then might not be aware that you have the option to convert it into a minibus. Whilst this would take quite a bit of work and expense, it does save you having to buy a new minibus, which can be considerably expensive.

Below are some of the main reasons to consider converting your van into a minibus as well as some tips to save money on insurance.

Why convert your van to a minibus?

  • More space for passengers – One of the most obvious reasons to convert your van into a minibus is so you have more room for passengers. If you have a large family or you often need to transport your kids and their friends places then having a minibus is an excellent way to ensure there’s enough room for everyone.
  • Work as a minibus taxi driver – Another great reason to convert your van into a minibus is so you can work as a taxi driver. In order to do this, you will need to have a private hire taxi driver’s licence as well as getting your own taxi driver’s insurance.

How to go about it

If you’ve decided that you do want to convert your van into a minibus then it’s usually recommended that you hire a professional company to do this for you. This way you can be sure that everything is fitted properly and that your vehicle is safe to drive.

The second option is to tackle the conversion yourself, although this is only recommended if you have previous experience with conversions or at least have a good amount of experience with carpentry. Bear in mind that you will also need to abide by the safety regulations in order for your van to be road legal.

Saving money on insurance

Once your vehicle is legally considered to be a minibus you’ll then need to get the right kind of cover. The type of cover will depend on how you use your minibus. If it’s for a personal use only then a standard minibus insurance policy will suffice.

If you intended to use your minibus to work as a taxi driver then you’ll need to get a private hire taxi driver’s insurance policy.

Always be sure to get multiple quotes when looking for taxi insurance so you get the best price.