Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
Answer: Yes – we can cover within a 30 mile radius of Sheffield Meadowhall
Please remember our bus is old – it doesn’t go fast and you will have to give it that little bit of extra time to complete its task. If you have a particular trip in mind please talk to us and we’d be happy to advise.
Answer: Our company is based in Sheffield.
Answer: Yes. We make sure everything on the day runs smoothly so always familiarise ourselves with the route to ensure we do not encounter any problems. It is essential that we check for access and obstacles such as low bridges, overhanging tree branches and very narrow lanes. We also check the timing of routes to help with your planning of the whole day.
Answer: Yes. Our buses are more popular in the summer, but are available all year round for the adventurous. If you want to hire a particular bus please try to book early. However for winter hires please note that we can’t run if there is laying snow on the roads.
Answer: Yes. This is called “open platform”.
Answer: Yes, we do. It is a 72-seater 1965 Routemaster.
Answer: We have a seating capacity in the bus of 35 to 72. It is a legal requirement that every passenger has a seat, if you have more passengers than seats we can advise on where to obtain a second vintage bus or we can run a second trip.
Answer: Under the terms of our insurance, we cannot operate with passengers after 2100. We regret we do not operate stag or hen nights.
Answer: Yes. Please call in advance and we’ll advise you when the vintage bus is in the depot and ensure someone is available to show it to you.
Answer: We decorate the vintage bus ourselves with bows around the entrance. If you would like more than this, please contact us to agree your requirements.
Answer: There are no extra charges for the basic decoration of our vintage buses. If you have any particular and special requirements please contact us as early as possible in order that we can ensure we make all the necessary extra arrangements (at a charge).
Answer: These are called “destination blinds” and we can create bespoke destination blinds especially for you. Please contact us to discuss these special arrangements. Please note that we do not accept any message relating to politics, religion or sexuality.
Answer: Yes. It is a minimum legal requirement that we have a valid Operator’s Licence. Each vintage bus goes through a vigorous public service vehicle test each year and is regularly checked by our skilled mechanics for maintenance and safety
Answer: Yes. All our drivers possess an all groups PCV licence. They are handpicked for their people skills and driving ability.
Answer: Yes. On our “open platform” buses it is essential that we have a conductor to ensure the safe boarding and alighting of passengers from the open rear entrance.
Answer: Our drivers and conductors dress smartly and professionally and act appropriately and courteously at all times.
Answer: Yes. You can set up your own equipment and make your own selection of music. Please note that the players need to be battery powered: there are no mains outlets on these old vehicles.
Answer: We quote for all work based on the itinerary for the event and the distance travelled. Our quotes are fully inclusive, based on the itinerary agreed. There are NO hidden charges for hiring a vintage bus on a bank holiday or for wedding hire.
Answer: Yes. Once we have agreed all the details of your vintage vehicle hire, we will send you a no obligation written quotation. Your booking will be confirmed in writing once we receive your non-returnable £75 deposit.
Answer: Whilst the deposit is non-refundable we are sympathetic to changes in plans and will accommodate changes subject to the availability of our vehicle.
Answer: Regrettably not at present, but internet bank transfers are welcome.
Answer: The balance is due two weeks before the day of hire.
Answer: We are happy for sensible amounts of alcohol to be made available on the vehicles. However, the drinking vessels must be plastic, not glass. Any additional cleaning due to spillage must be paid for by the hirer, and a deposit of £50 is required: if no additional cleaning is required, this will be returned by cheque on the day following the hire.