12 passenger van

Jan 30th, 2010, 04:45 PM
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12 passenger van

Help....leaving for Dublin next week...I need a 12 passenger van.9 people are going and there is a concern with luggage.I've rented the 9 seaters many times in Ire. and I'm hoping it should suffice...but would rather play it safe.Have checked the airport and rental agencies in the city and outskirts.Does any one know of obscure sights or certain phrasing I should be googling??Thanks to all.
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Jan 30th, 2010, 05:57 PM
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Not all 9 passenger people movers are created equal -- look for a Mercedes Vito, Ford Tourneo, or Opel Vivaro.

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Jan 30th, 2010, 11:39 PM
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Just a thought. In Britain, and probably also in Ireland, a van has solid sides, no seats, and is used to carry goods. A vehicle designed to carry 9 or 12 passengers would normally be called a minibus. These are big vehicles for a novice driver on narrow roads.
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Jan 31st, 2010, 12:40 AM
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Your licence may not cover you to drive a 12 seat minibus. In the EU you have to have a special class of licence to drive minibuses with more than 10 seats.
You need to check that with the hire company!
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Feb 1st, 2010, 07:57 AM
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"Your licence may not cover you to drive a 12 seat minibus." That -- Plus, do you really want to dive a monster like that in rural Ireland?

If possible, definitely consider renting two cars (or even 3). It will be cheaper. The insurance would be cheaper. They would be easier to drive. And they would give you more flexibility and everyone wouldn't have to be together 24/7.

Unless it is a group of 1 adult and 8 kids (or 8 people w/o drivers licenses) you'll likely do better w/ 2 cars.
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