Passenger Transport

Passenger Transport – Coaches, Buses and Mini Buses

Legislation requires at least one fire extinguisher must be carried on every Bus, Minibus and Coach, this requirement is irrespective of seating capacity or vehicle size.

The safety of passengers in wheelchairs on Buses recommends that at least two fire extinguishers are carried on any wheelchair-accessible Bus. (code of practice VSE 87/1).

The extinguishers must contain water or Foam. Powder is not permitted.

The extinguisher must have a minimum test fire rating of 8A or 21B, the extinguisher must comply with BS EN3 and must be clearly marked with the standard number. The extinguisher location and mounting are not specified.

The extinguisher must be maintained in efficient working order and be readily available for use at all times, the vehicle will fail its annual test if the extinguisher is missing, the in-correct type, inaccessible or in poor condition.

If any of these conditions are found during a roadside check, an inspection notice will be issued.

To meet the requirements, you should ensure:

  • The extinguisher is manufactured to EN 3 with CE and BSI kitemark to show compliance.
  • Ensure the extinguishers are mounted inside a bespoke “transport” bracket secured to the vehicle and incorporates a quick release securing strap to prevent the extinguisher from being dislodged from its bracket during more violent vehicle movement. This is to avoid injury to staff and passengers it also avoids damage to the extinguisher itself.
  • Ensure that extinguishers are easily accessible and easy to release from the bracket.
  • Carry out a visual inspection at least once a week to check each extinguisher is correctly located, unobstructed and visible and that the tamper tags are not broken.
  • Check the operating instructions are clean and legible and facing outwards.
  • Check each extinguisher has not been operated or suffered any damage. The results of these check should be recorded.
  • Ensure extinguishers have a suitable maintenance contract in place by a suitable approved company in accordance with BS 5306-3.