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.