Readybus Ltd – Terms and Conditions for Private Hire

1. Application
These conditions apply whether a contract has been made verbally or in writing. The hirer acts on behalf of all the passengers traveling on the vehicles. If the hirer is a company, group, or partnership, an individual must be named as a responsible person. The hirer is responsible for the actions and decisions of all the passengers on board including any additional costs incurred in
performing the contract, whether or not they actually travel with the party. The company will only accept instructions from the hirer. If the hirer is not going to travel with the party, a representative must be chosen, and the company informed prior to the hire taking place.

2. Quotations
Quotations are given on the basis of the most direct route and on information provided by the hirer, allowing stops to be made at suitable points to serve the comfort of the passengers and to satisfy legal requirements regarding breaks and rest for drivers.
The route used will be at the discretion of the company unless it has been particularly specified by the hirer, in writing, in which case it will be clearly shown on the confirmation.
Quotations are valid for 14 days unless otherwise notified and bookings can only be accepted subject to availability at the time the bookings are made.
Quotations are given for coach and driver only. Any additional charges will be separately identified and will be the hirer’s responsibility unless otherwise specified.

3. Use of Vehicle
The hirer cannot assume use of the vehicle between outward and return journeys, nor to remain at the destinations for the hirer’s use unless this has been agreed with the company in advance.
Please note that even a small variation in the hire details can involve a significant increase of cost.
Examples of this would include the need to send out a relief driver in order to comply with drivers’ work limits, or the securing of another vehicle and driver if a late return affected other work to which your coach and driver was assigned.

4. Route and Time Variation
The company reserves the right to levy additional charges for additional mileage or time than that agreed.
The charges will be pro rata with a minimum charge of £50 per hour or £5 per mile.
The vehicle will depart at times agreed by the hirer, and it is the responsibility of the hirer to account for all passengers at those times. The company will not accept liability for any losses incurred by passengers who fail to follow instructions given by the hirer.  

5. Drivers’ Hours
Law regulates the hours of operation for the driver, and the hirer accepts the responsibility of ensuring the hire keeps to the hours and times agreed by the Company. Neither the hirer nor any passenger shall delay or otherwise interrupt the journey in such as way that the driver is at risk of breaching regulations relating to driving hours and duty time. If any breach is likely to occur, the hirer will be responsible for any additional costs incurred unless it is outside the control of the hirer. Any additional costs will be as in condition 4.

6. Seating Capacity
The company will, at the time of booking, agree and specify the legal seating capacity of the vehicle to be supplied. The hirer must not load the vehicle beyond this capacity.

7. Vehicle Facilities
The company will, at the time of booking, agree and specify the facilities on board the vehicle that you are hiring. These facilities will also be detailed on your confirmation. It is the hirers’ responsibility to check the details and inform the company if they are not correct.
Whilst the company will endeavour to ensure that all facilities are in working order on every vehicle, if a breakdown should occur with any of the facilities i.e. fridge, video, pa system, toilet and coffee machine, the company’s liability is limited to £10.00 per facility.

8. Conveyance of Animals
On a private hire, no animals (other than guide dogs and hearing dogs notified to the company in advance) may be carried on any vehicle without prior written agreement from the company.

9. Confirmation
Normally, written confirmation by the company is the only basis for the acceptance of a hiring or for a subsequent alteration to its terms.

10. Payment
The hirer is responsible to pay any deposit and the full hire cost when due. If you fail to make due payments we are entitled to either terminate the contract or to take legal action to enforce payment.
The company reserves the right to add interest at the rate of 2% compound interest per calendar month, after the date by which payment should have been made.

11. Cancellation by Hirer
a. If the hirer wishes to cancel any agreement, they are liable to forfeit any deposit paid and to make further payments up to the following percentage of the hire price.
8 days or more Deposit
6-7 days 30%
3-5 days 50%
2 days 75%
1 day 100%
Arrival of coach at departure 100%

b. The cost of accommodation, meals and theatre tickets, which have already been purchased by the company at the request of the hirer, plus any administration charges, incurred by the company.
c. Cancellation due to inclement weather conditions will be charged as above.
d. Theatre tickets or other such ancillary service once purchased are not returnable and must be paid for in full.

12. Cancellation by the Company
In the event of any emergency, riot, civil commotion, strike, lock out, stoppage or restraint of labour or on the happening of any event over which the company has no control (including adverse weather and road conditions) or in the event of the hirer taking any action to vary agreed conditions unilaterally, the company may, by returning all money paid and without further or other liability,
cancel the contract.

13. Vehicle to be Provided
The company reserves the right to provide a larger vehicle than that specified at no additional charge unless any extra seats are used in which case an additional pro rata charge will be made to the hire charge.
The company reserves the right to substitute another vehicle (including those of other operators) or ancillary facilities for all or part of the hiring subject to such substitutes being of a least equivalent quality.

14. Breakdown and Delays
The company gives its advice on journey times in good faith. However, as a result of breakdown or traffic congestion, or other events beyond the reasonable control of the company, journeys may take longer than predicted and in those circumstances the company will not be liable for any loss or inconvenience suffered by the hirer as a result.

15. Agency Agreements
Where the company hires-in vehicles from other operators at the request of the hirer and where the company arranges ancillary facilities such as meals, accommodation, ferries, admission tickets or any other services provided by another supplier, it does so as agent for and on behalf of the hirer.
Any terms and conditions imposed by such other suppliers through the company shall, insofar as they are supplied to the hirer, be binding on the hirer as if he had directly contracted such services and the hirer shall indemnify the company against any loss, claim, damage or award in respect of a breach of such supplier’s terms and conditions brought about by the hirer’s action.

16. Package Travel Regulations
If the hirer organises other elements of a package in addition to the provision of transport, the hirer may be defined as an ‘organiser’ or a ‘retailer’ for the purposes of the Package Travel, Package Holidays, and Package Tours Regulations 1992 and as such may be required to comply with the provisions of those Regulations. In this instance, the company cannot accept any liability that may be incurred for losses or damage that it would otherwise accept under the terms of those Regulations. The hirer accepts responsibility for ensuring whether they are so defined, and the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage incurred that should have been the responsibility of the hirer if the hirer was the legally defined organiser or retailer. Where the company acts as an organiser or retailer, it will issue separate conditions of trading relating to its liabilities and responsibilities under the Regulations.

17. Passengers’ Property
All vehicles hired by the company are subject to restrictions on carrying luggage for statutory safety reasons.
Any coach that is overloaded, whether with passengers or their possesions, is likely to be stopped by the police and not allowed to proceed until it is within the legal limits.

To avoid the inconvenience and increased hire costs occasioned by this, the hirer must observe seating capacity limits and any restrictions on the type, size and weights of passengers’ luggage, purchases etc advised by us and/or our driver. Large, bulky items may not be able to be carried, and the hirer should take all steps to notify the company in advance of such requirements. Whilst we will take all reasonable care with passengers’ luggage and other items which passengers may bring on our coach, we do not accept responsibility for any loss or damage caused to these items whilst on the vehicle. Hirers must advise their passengers not to leave any valuables onboard the vehicle when it is left unattended. Personal insurance of luggage and valuables is strongly recommended.
All articles of lost property recovered from the vehicle will be held at the company’s premises where the vehicle is based, and will be subject to the current Public Service Vehicle (Lost Property)Regulations. The company will provide details of this legislation on request.

18. Conduct of Passengers
No person or organisation should agree to hire a coach unless they are prepared to accept the obligations involved. As our contract is with you, not with your passengers, we have to insist that you accept responsibility for any damage they might cause to our coach. The driver is responsible for the safety of the vehicle at all times, and as such may remove any passenger whose behaviour prejudices safety or is in breach of the Public Service Vehicle (Conduct of Drivers, Inspectors, Conductors and Passengers) Regulations 1990. These regulations set out certain rights and responsibilities on all parties, and full details of these can be obtained from the company on request.
The hirer is responsible for any damage caused to the vehicle by any passenger for the duration of the hire.
Where the hire is to a sporting event, the hirer should be aware of the legal requirements relating to alcohol, contained in the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1995, and the conditions of entry to race courses as laid down by the Race Course Association Ltd. The company will provide details of these restrictions on request.

19. Complaints
In the event of complaint about the company’s services, the hirer should endeavour to seek a solution at the time by seeking assistance from the driver or from the company. If this has not provided a remedy, complaints should be submitted in writing and within 14 days of the termination date of the hire. Acknowledgement of the complaint will be made within 14 days of receipt. All complaints that are received are thoroughly investigated and customers are kept informed at each stage of the investigation. Sometimes the investigations can take time when awaiting a response from Suppliers.

20. Refreshments and Alcoholic Drinks
Other than on a vehicle fitted expressly for that purpose, food (except confectionery) and drink (including alcoholic beverages) may not be consumed on the vehicle without prior written consent from the company.

21. Cleaning and Damage charges
In the event of the vehicle having to be cleaned or repaired due to passenger sickness, causing of damage or soiling of any kind, a charge which is currently £200 will be made.

22. Surcharge
Once a confirmation has been issued to the hirer, providing there are 30 days prior to the departure date, the company reserves the right to pass on increases in the cost of fuel, in particular due to any rises due to the threat of or war. Also any taxes imposed by the Governments of the UK and of other countries to be visited during the journey, together with increases in road tolls and currency fluctuations. No surcharges will be levied within 30 days of departure. On notification of such surcharges, the hirer may cancel the booking subject to the scale of cancellation charges shown in paragraph 10. The liability of the company will be limited to the cost of the hire and any ancillary services supplied.

Last updated May 2018