As a relative newby to the civilian committee I’m looking for some help. Our squadron has a 17 seat minibus which is in excellent condition but we appear to lack qualified drivers as “section 19 permits” are not being renewed by “the wing” or the cadet force overall?
The issue appears to be that those of us who are “oldies” have grandfather rights to drive a 17 seat minibus on a D1 license but our younger counterparts require the section 19 permit to allow them to drive on a not for profit basis.
A couple of thoughts…
Why can’t an individual squadron apply for a section 19 permit?
Why can we not just remove seats to make a 17 seat minibus a 9 seat vehicle with space for ‘kit’? (Accepting we may need to tel the DVLA of a change in class of vehicle)
I would really appreciate your input as all I see is a perfectly functional vehicle that will soon be standing idle and the support we provide our young air cadets, rapidly declining.
Many thanks in advance