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Safe, Reliable and Versatile 9 – 17 Seat School Minibuses
In November 2017, Red Kite celebrated its 35th Birthday. During the past three and a half decades the company has accumulated an enviable wealth, respect and experience
in minibus design and manufacture. Today as a trusted supplier, the company provides minibuses and support vehicles to many leading education establishments throughout the United Kingdom.
With a rich British heritage and reputation
for craftsmanship, design and innovation, the company continues to grow year on year and
is ever mindful of changing regulations and trends to consider with every new model it produces. Building strong working relationships with both the Peugeot Motor Company and the Vehicle Certi cation Agency (VCA) and providing customers with real choice with options including:
New Peugeot Expert Combi 9 Seat Minibus. Designed to offer both driver and passenger space and comfort, this latest model Minibus is an invitation to travel in comfort and style and is available with up to 9 seats for smaller group travel.
The Red Kite ‘Sport’ Minibus provides a safe, reliable, 15-seat minibus that can be driven
on a B licence and at 3,500 Kg gross weight,
is probably the most versatile 15 seat minibus on the market today. Manufactured without compromise the Red Kite ‘Sport’ Minibus is fully tested and approved by the VCA/VOSA. (The designated UK vehicle approval authority). Saving your organisation time and money, while providing many other members of staff with driver access to your minibus.
The Red Kite Peugeot Boxer Minibus with occasional wheelchair option is exclusive
to Red Kite and the number one choice for their customers: built without compromise
to the highest safety standards, for the safe transportation of the nation’s school children. Subject to conditions this minibus spans both B and D1 driving licence categories.
As well as new the company also offers a comprehensive choice of fully refurbished used minibuses. All fully warranted for your complete peace of mind. As you would expect from the UK’s leading supplier of
school minibuses, all minibuses are fully tested and type approved, meeting and exceeding current minibus legislation. To assist with your purchase Red Kite also provide a wide choice of  nancial options to choose from including Lease and Purchase Plans as well as the traditional outright purchase. However Contract Hire is now
a popular choice for many organisations, allowing a  xed monthly rental to be set aside and with the exception of fuel and insurance, no additional costs are required.
Under current regulations ‘B Licence’ category minibus drivers must be over 21 and have had their driving licence for a minimum of 2 years. To check which vehicle you can drive go to www.gov.uk/vehicles-you-can-drive
To  nd out more about Red Kite’s full range of manufacturers including Ford and Vauxhall, or to book your demonstration and let Red Kite show you how they have moved the boundaries of minibus safety and versatility forward for
all minibus drivers. Call 01202 827678 or visit www.redkite-minibuses.com
    Sustainable travel award
 King’s Ely has become the
 rst independent school in Cambridgeshire to win a Modeshift STARS Bronze award.
Modeshift STARS is the national awards scheme established to recognise schools and workplaces that demonstrate excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.
The scheme encourages schools and organisations across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve people’s health and well-being.
All schools and companies taking part in Modeshift STARS are members of the organisation and obtain recognition of their work on sustainable travel through three
levels of accreditation; Bronze, Silver and Gold.
King’s Ely is the only independent school in Cambridgeshire to have successfully completed the Bronze level – and the school’s sights are now set on achieving Silver.
Road Safety Of cer at Cambridgeshire County Council, Rosemary Mullen, said: “It is not easy for independent schools
to achieve modal shift due to
the widespread nature of their catchment areas. However, King’s Ely has achieved this and, over the last three years, demonstrated year on year an increase in the number of children and families cycling, scooting or walking to school. The enthusiasm and commitment shown by the school for this
important initiative has led to them being awarded a colourful Minipod scooter and cycle rack. People often think of transport as something you get into, such as a car, but King’s Ely has shown that it is possible to get into sustainable travel and make a real difference on the school run for staff and students alike with real bene ts
to both the environment and individuals’ health and  tness.”
Chief Operating Of cer at King’s Ely, Mark Hart, said: “We are delighted to have received this Modeshift STARS Bronze Award. It really is testament to what our families and staff are doing in order to travel more sustainably to and from school.”
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