For minibus owners, safety is always a primary concern.Many of the risks that minibus drivers face on the roads are able to minimised by careful driving and having the correct licence in place. However sometimes there are tragic accidents that are unavoidable. One such incident occurred in Nottinghamshire recently when a drunk driver  crashed into a minibus, killing the driver. Read the full details of the story on the BBC’s website by clicking the headline below.

Drunk driver Samuel Whyman jailed for minibus death crash

 

A drunk driver who ran from the scene of a crash which killed a minibus driver has been jailed for seven years.

Samuel Whyman, 23, of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Nottingham Crown Court.

Whyman went through a red light at the junction of the A617 and the A38 on 26 March 2012 and smashed into a minibus.

The driverRafal Zaborowski, 25, was killed and one of 11 passengers was seriously injured in the crash.

‘No recollection’

Despite being injured, Whyman fled from the scene and was discovered 1.5 miles (2.4km) away hiding in the front garden of a neighbour’s house by a police helicopter.

 

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/

 

In Kidsgrove a couple have had the windows of their minibus smashed in by a group of vandals. Luckily the attack was captured by a CCTV camera and police are now trying to catch the culprits. Read below for further details.

 

Masked yobs smash in minibus windows in Kidsgrove

 

MASKED vandals have trashed a dance troupe’s minibus in an early-morning attack.

They used glass bottles to smash the windows of the Scarlett Spitfires’ vehicle parked in a street in Kidsgrove.

The attack was recorded on a CCTV camera which was also damaged in the attack.

Now police are trying to catch the yobs who struck in Third Avenue at around 3.30am on Wednesday. A car was also vandalised around the same time.

Scarlett Spitfires is run by married couple Ivan and Hazel Starkey and their daughter Sarah Scarlett.

Hazel, aged 48, said: “At just after 3.30am I heard a smash and thought there must be an idiot messing with the bins.

“I checked around and couldn’t see anything so I went outside and remember thinking ‘Oh no not again’.

“We had cameras put in after the last time when youths targeted a car and minibus and slashed the tyres.

 

Source: http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/

 

Owning a minibus can unfortunately attract unwanted attention as the second story shows. It also highlights the importance of having a good insurance policy in place. With so many insurance comparison services out there now there’s no excuse for minibus drivers not to have the right type of licence and insurance. Keep checking back for more minibus news.