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Construction Insurance Bulletin

Transporting Your Crew

By March 3, 2017No Comments

Sometimes it’s better to get everyone to the job site in a van or bus rather than leave everyone to their own transport. Heck, for some laborers, the ride to work is the deal-breaking benefit that keeps them on your site instead of somebody else’s. By sharing a ride to work, you can make sure everyone’s there on time, at the same time, and you don’t have to worry about limited parking spots. It’s simply one less headache to deal with when you start your day.

There are essentially two reasonable arrangements you can make in order to get everyone on the job site via bus or van, both with their own upsides and downsides. It’s basically the choice between buying a vehicle, or paying a third party to do the driving for you.

  • Buying a van or bus

Buying your own van or bus can be a major expense. Even if you buy used, you’re looking at repair and registration costs, and you’re going to need to look into private hire insurance in order to legally use the vehicle for certain business expenses. That being said, this may ultimately be the most cost-effective option if it’s in your budget. If this is a major project that’s going to take up to a year or longer, then having your own transport will almost certainly be cheaper than paying a third party to make the trip every single day, and it will definitely be cheaper than renting a vehicle for that long.

  • Hiring a driving service

Hiring a driving service can be much cheaper in the short term, but whereas owning a vehicle starts expensive and becomes cheaper every day, hiring a driving service starts cheap and then the costs add up. This is ideal if you are handling a major project that will be completed in a short length of time, or if you’re not going to be taking a lot of large jobs in the future.

It essentially comes down to whether or not owning a vehicle is going to pay for itself in the long run. If transporting large crews to and from the job site is going to be an everyday task for you, then certainly, owning a van or bus is going to more than pay for itself within a year or two. If you tend to work with smaller crews on most jobs, then you need to make sure that your budget includes transportation costs.