How much does it cost?

We work hard to keep our prices as low as possible

Great value transport at your fingertips

How it works

We know how important it is to keep our prices as low as possible - helping our community to get out and about is the reason we exist. Our fees are kept low by a subsidy provided by the wider HCT Group as a social enterprise. What's more, Hackney Council provide funding to ensure we can offer even cheaper transport for groups based in the London Borough of Hackney.       

Our minibuses are charged out by the hour, plus a mileage fee. We also have great discounts availble for groups travelling outside peak tme and for longer term hires.  

Membership

We have an annual membership charge for voluntary and community groups. 

Membership  Hackney supported
£30 Free

 We have an annual membership charge for Local authorities and statutory groups.

Membership  Hackney supported
£150 £150

Hiring a Minibus

Our standard rates are as follows: 

  Standard   Hackney supported 
Hire per hour  £7.00 £5.00
Charge per mile  £1.00 £0.80
Minimum hire (not including mileage)  £28.00 £20.00

If you need a driver

A fully qualified driver can be hired for an hourly rate 

  Standard Hackney supported
Driver rate  £19.50 per hour £17.50 per hour

Big discounts for off-peak bookings

If you book a minibus for use between 7pm and 7am, you are entitled to a discounted rate for both minibus hire and driver hire. Mileage charge remains the same.   

  Standard Hackney supported
Vehicle hire per hour  £3.50 per hour  £2.50 per hour
Driver rate per hour £17.00 per hour £15.00 per hour

Big discounts for longer bookings

There are great deals available for longer bookings, with hourly rates replaced by reduced daily, weekend and weekly rates. Mileage charges remain the same.

  Standard Hackney supported
Whole day (24 hours) £84 per day  £60 per day  
All weekend (Saturday and Sunday) £118 per weekend £84 per weekend
All week (Monday to Friday) £336 per week (mon-Fri) £240 per week (mon-Fri)

Learn to drive a Minibus (MiDAS training)

Learning to drive a minibus with our MiDAS training course can save you a great deal in driver fees: 

  Standard Hackney supported 
MiDAS training  £60 per person  £20 per person
Hi Vis Jacket (if you don't bring your own)  £5 per person £5 per person
 MiDAS Minibus Driver’s Handbook (helpful optional extra) £10 per copy £10 per copy

If you are a Group Transport member already, no VAT is chargeable, otherwise VAT applies at the standard rate.

You can find out more about MiDAS training here

The small-but-important print

  • General terms of booking

    There is a minimum of 4 hours charged per booking.

    If a booking is for a time that covers both normal and ‘off-peak’ hours of service, then Driver charges will be split into peak and off-peak costs and charged pro-rata.

  • Cancellation charges

    You can cancel your booking free of charge up to 48 hours before your booking time.

    If you have to cancel with under 48 hours’ notice a fee of £30 applies (£23.00 in Hackney) applies.

  • Late return of vehicles

    If you return the vehicle late, a charge of £40 applies. (£35 in Hackney) 

  • If you make a mess

    As a courtesy to the next group using the vehicle, we expect vehicles to be returned in the condition that you collected them. If we need to clean up after you, then the following charges apply:

    • Vehicle returned with interior that needs sweeping out: £25.00
    • Vehicle returned needing an interior valet: £55.00
  • Driving yourself

    To drive an HCT Group minibus you must:

    • be MiDAS trained
    • complete the MiDAS training within three attempts
    • have a FULL driving licence
    • be over the age of 21 years and have been driving for a minimum of two years
  • If you have an ‘at fault’ accident

    There will be an excess of up to £300 payable by Groups where volunteer drivers are responsible for at fault accidents/incidents. This does include incorrect fueling, interior / exterior damage and flat batteries (as a result of not switching off radio / lights).

    Where an accident/incident has taken place whilst under your hire with your volunteer driver, they will be required to undertake a further MiDAS training course at the full cost to ensure that they are driving to the required standard. They will not be authorised to drive HCT vehicles, until they do.