Is an MPV a Multi Purpose Vehicle or a Multi Person Vehicle?
What exactly are you hiring if you hire an MPV?
The term MPV stands for Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) also sometimes called people carriers.
MPV's are about transporting five to seven people in safety and comfort and have room for luggage, so strictly speaking you could call it a multi-person vehicle as well.
They have more headroom and more legroom than the typical saloon or estate car and similarly a higher ride which makes getting in and out of the vehicle easier.
They have storage compartments including some concealed in the floor and power outlets accessible to the rear seats.
Typically MPV's have a boxy silhouette, but it's all about being able to relax in a comfortable and spacious interior when on a journey.
If you are looking for a versatile vehicle that has absolutely loads of space to be utilised for luggage with fold down seats that's a dream to drive and comfortable with it, hire an MPV, and still be relaxed at the end of your journey.
Can I hire a minibus on my ordinary full driving license?
Want to hire a self-drive minibus for up to 17 people including the driver?
If you are 21 or older and have had a full driving license for at least 2 years then you can drive a minibus with a capacity of up to 17 seats, allowing for a driver and 16 passengers.
So the possession of a full UK driving license enables you to hire and drive a minibus, however, depending on the circumstances you may need to apply for a minibus license.
The UK government states that "you might be able to drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats using your current car driving licence as long as there’s no payment from or on behalf of the passengers (it’s not for ‘hire or reward’)."
So in the instance of hiring a minibus for a day trip for a group and everyone is contributing to the cost of the Minibus and you have a full license then notwithstanding being medically fit to drive then you fall into the category of:
you’re driving on a voluntary basis and the minibus is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body
the maximum weight of the minibus is not more than 3.5 tonnes - or 4.25 tonnes including specialist equipment for disabled passengers, for example a wheelchair ramp
Minibuses and MPV's throughout the city and suburbs of Nottingham
We hire seven to seventeen seat vehicles throughout the city of Nottingham and the areas of Beeston, Stapleford, Eastwood, Arnold, Carlton, West Bridgford, Ruddington, Tollerton, Bingham, Ilkeston and Hucknall.
Our vehicle hire includes the delivery of the MPV or minibus to your preferred address and collection of the vehicle at the end of the hire period.