Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

16/17 seater minibus self drive to pick up from london for french vacation

16/17 seater minibus self drive to pick up from london for french vacation

Nov 29th, 2010, 10:51 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 1
16/17 seater minibus self drive to pick up from london for french vacation

15 days in june 2011
galmes0923 is offline  
Nov 29th, 2010, 12:29 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 20,680
Somewhat cryptic question? But given that the steering wheel is on the right in England and on the left in France, does it make sense to pick up a van in England? In another post, someone mentioned that vans with the type of seating you are suggesting (16?) would require a special driver's license.
Michael is offline  
Nov 29th, 2010, 12:42 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 8,351
That's more than a minibus.
You will need a public service vehicle licence to hire a bus that can carry that many people.
Most companies would be very reluctant to hire one to you without their driver I suspect.
Even if you did hire it to drive yourself you would still have to obey the driving times rules, and probably have extra passenger insurance.
hetismij is offline  
Nov 29th, 2010, 12:49 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 46,423
Not going to happen.
StCirq is online now  
Nov 29th, 2010, 12:52 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 21,497
Better to charter a bus for the French arrival point, if you have the proper license. At least the steering wheel will be on the correct side.
kerouac is offline  
Nov 29th, 2010, 02:03 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,329
In UK, those who held full car licence prior to 1997 can drive a minibus up to 17 passengers (D1 entitlement) but only in UK (not in Europe) and only if all passengers are carried free (not hire and reward). So provided you got your overseas licence before 1.1.97, you can drive a large minibus in UK but can't take it to France without passing extra test and more stringent medical requirement. Many hire companies in UK won't let you drive a large minibus without extra test pass or D/D1 entitlement. In addition you are bound by tacograph rules and driving hours directive.
Alec is online now  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:33 PM.