Staffordshire Moorlands Community see brand new community minibus on the roads

Published:  15 October, 2012

27th September saw a Staffordshire charity's community transport service receive a boost with a new custom-built minibus from conversion and mobility specialists Stanford Coachworks.

The official handover took place at Staffordshire Moorlands Community and Voluntary Services (SMCVS). David Hardacre, Sales and Marketing Executive for Stanford handed over the keys to the Chairman Harry Edwards, Community Transport Officer Sally Bentley and Community Transport Operations Assistant Craig Dawson.

SMCVS provide invaluable support and transport services to voluntary and community groups within the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The company's Old LDV Minibus was due for renewal and has been replaced with a Renault Master LM3500 model. The 53DCI 100 long wheelbase, GVW with 2.2ltr engine with 6 speed manual gearbox is fitted with cab air conditioning, reversing sensors and a 62MPH speed restrictor fitted.

The new transportation took eight weeks to be built and delivered and includes 12 seats, plus the driver's seat, and wheelchair access.

Non-slip Taraplus vinyl finishes the floor with semi-recessed low profile Unwin tracking fitted full length, to give a flexible seating option and accommodate up to three wheelchairs. The rear saloon is fitted with four interior lamps with LED blue night facility, complete with switch to driver's fascia.

All seats are M2 certified with NMI legs, Ambla incontinence upholstery and yellow soft-feel head restraints and grab handles tested to meet EEC Directive 76/115. Insulation is fitted to all rear, side wall and roof cavities and there are head bump pads above both doors in seat trim. There is storage over the driver's area with hinged lift up door on black hinges and a spring loaded catch.

Eberspacher D2 heating is fitted to the rear saloon with a Ricon S2037 Series, Inboard Automatic Passenger Lift to allow easy access for the wheelchairs.

“A new minibus was needed because the old bus wasn't expected to pass its MOT and Craig Dawson had good input in the vehicle specification,” explains David Hardacre.

“I showed the centre a demonstrator we had which gave them an indication of the quality and we truly hope its passengers enjoy the comfort of their new minibus.”

Sally Bentley, Community Transport Officer, said: “We are extremely satisfied with our new vehicle. From the very beginning of the process David and Stanford Coachworks have shown their expertise in the conversion process, not only offering us advice but also listening to our needs and coming up with a fantastic vehicle, delivered on time.”

The minibus has been supplied with minimal livery for the charity to earn additional revenue from selling local advertising space on the bus itself. The vehicle will assist with community luncheon clubs, day trips and other essential community transport journeys.

Related Articles

  • Call for increased accessibility on public transport 

    Focusing on just England and for the period covering 2016/17, the Department for Transport found that the population held 9.8 million older and disabled concessionary travel passes too. Is enough being done to make the nation’s means of public transport accessible for disabled people and the elderly though, asks Lee Dover from stairlift manufacturer Acorn Stairlifts.

  • LAPV December 2012 has been published! 

    In this issue we cover the following subjects: new intelligent street sweepers; self registration rates are going up; re-manufacturing offers a second life for RCVs; vehicle test; fleet management systems streamline workshops; Bexley Borough Council invests in winter equipment; Greek waste contractor offers efficiency savings; Cork Council uses a new online tendering tool; PlantworX and Managing Congestion – The Green Approach. Plus much more.

  • JCB releases its half millionth backhoe loader from the production line 

    JCB marked the production of its half millionth backhoe loader – the machine that made the company famous around the world.

  • Geesinknorba appoints new UK Business Director 

    Geesinknorba, one of Europe's leading refuse collection vehicle manufacturers, has appointed Mr Bob Billington to lead its UK operation as UK Business Director.

  • Johnston Sweepers proposes to invest ÂŁ11M in new production infrastructure  

    Johnston Sweepers seeks to exploit economies of scale within in the UK by looking at combining the three UK manufacturing sites operated by the company into a single site in Dorking, Surrey. The envisaged investment amounts to GBP 11 million in infrastructure and new production technologies.


Sign Up

For the latest news and updates from LAPV.


LAPV (Local Authority Plant and Vehicles) is the only UK information source purely dedicated to local authority vehicles and affiliated plant equipment. Appearing four times a year, it offers well-researched technical articles on the latest equipment/technology as well as in-depth interviews with key industry professionals. More...



All content © Hemming Information Services 2019