When it comes to church transportation in general, then there is a little bit of historical background to the evolution of church transportation. Churches boomed across the United States in the 1960’s and they all wanted a vehicle to transport their congregation. At that time a 15 seater van was the most ideal choice because of its capacity and affordability. Almost every church would purchase a van for their members. Vans became synonymous to church transportation and frequently got referred to as church van. But then government officials started to notice a trend that these vans would often roll over and experience tire blow outs. A detailed study by experts showed that the van had a high center of gravity and its chances of rolling over increased by approximately 30% when occupied by more than 7 pupils and by 80% with more than 10 passengers. The van was the best choice for Churches but definitely not the best for public transportation. After being silent on accidents and breakdowns for decades, the Highway Administration finally decided to pull the plug on these vans. In 2006, they released a notification, informing the general public about the unsafe nature of these vehicles. However, nothing changed and they were forced to issue another warning after a couple of months. This time the insurance companies jumped in too and stopped providing insurance coverage to 15 seater vans. The government was determined to totally stop the practice of buying 15 seater vans for church transportation, hence the insurance companies increased their premiums on existing van owners. This was a punch below the belt and owners were forced to get rid of their van because owning them became expensive. They started purchasing other types of vehicles and one of them was the 15 passenger shuttle bus for sale. Ever since shuttle buses have replaced vans for church transportation. Of course you might have seen large school buses scouting people to and from the church, they are owned and operated only by the big churches because apart from buying, maintaining and managing them is a big expense. Churches with big congregations and bigger budgets can afford them but not the smaller ones. Its the startup and medium sized churches that frequently purchase 15 passenger shuttle buses to transport their small and medium sized congregations.
What’s the difference between a 15 seater van and a bus Aren’t they of the same size
Though a 15 passenger shuttle bus for sale is built on the same 15 seater van chassis, it is significantly different from the van. Its passenger cabin is bigger than that of the van in all dimensions of length, breath and height. To compensate for the additional weight, the bus has dual rear wheels which are capable of handling the additional weight of the vehicle as well as the passengers. Due to its longer width, the bus has a center aisle and seats on either sides so passengers can easily walk from the front seat to the back seat. The increased height enables the tallest passengers to stand comfortably inside the bus, whereas its impossible to stand inside a van. The increased length not only enable passengers to walk freely from the front door to the rear but they also have enough leg room and access every seat in the bus, whereas people have to jammed and crammed inside a van. The passenger cabin of the bus is reinforced with a steel cage construction, this provides additional safety to the occupants in case of an accident, however this reinforced protection is not available in the van. Finally, turn on the news, open a newspaper or surf the internet, you will stumble across a 15 seater van accident at least once but not about a shuttle bus accident. That’s how safe shuttle buses for sale are.
Does a 15 seater bus for sale cost more than a van of same capacity due to its increased size
The answer is an obvious yes, the 15 seater bus costs more than a 15 seater van. Its better to be safe than sorry. Your passengers are your responsibility and you want them to be safe when driving. You even need to make sure that other drivers and pedestrians on the road are safe and will neither be hurt nor killed by your vehicle. Thus, its better to buy a bus rather than a van even if it has a higher price tag.