Shed-in-a-Bus is a large project for a Shed to undertake and we need various forms of help. Some of this help will have to be financial – for example, we don’t think the DVLA will donate the road tax, but a qualified bus driver may feel like donating a little of his/her time to train our drivers. The paragraphs below show where we need help:
The Bus, once converted, will be classified as a Mobile Project Vehicle. This means that our drviers only need acategory B (i.e. car) UK driving licence. While it is not a legal requirement for our drivers to be HGV qualified, we feel it wise to get some basic bus-driving experience for them. We are looking for an experienced qualified bus driver to take them through the basics of bus driving. offer help
We have been offered storage space behind locked gates in a school playing field. While this option can be made to work, we would have to take additional security measures (such as shutters for windows) to reduce possible vandalism. An alternative is to use commercial vehicle storage, which we have been offered at £150 per month. Another alternative, which we are exploring, is to find free or low cost secure storage where other large vehicles are stored. offer help
Road tax and Insurance, including Public Liability
We need to raise an estimated £3,000 to cover this. All donations welcome!
Maintenance (including tyres and MOT)
Like maintenance of a car, costs for maintenance of a bus will be subject to what needs to be repaired or replaced. We have budgetted £2,500 based on the experiences of another bus project project. Where possible, we will use the workshops and member experience available to us to make or mend spare parts in order to keep costs as low as possible. But if anyone knows where we can get low-cost or discounted parts and/or is an experienced bus mechanic who wants to help/advise us, we’d love to hear from you.
When the bus arrives, we will need to convert it from a passenger carrying vehicle to a mobile workshop. This will be done by members of Basingstoke Shed (do join if you are interested). But we wil need tools, wood for the benches, a generator, large TV screens, and a whole host of other things that are in our fit-out plan. If you have any of these or would like to understand other things we are looking for, we’d love to hear from you. offer help
Website and social media
We want to make the know how we gain from this project public. So we need help improving and developing this (wordpress) site and we need help developing and operating our social media presence. The project, and Basinsgtoke Shed, is entirely operated by volunteers and if you think you can help with the “IT”, let us know. offer help