Brisbane Mini Bus Charter was formed on the 24th October, 2000, as a partnership of five members. We commenced with six 12 seat Mini Buses and two 21 seat mini buses. We were fortunate to take on existing clients of a company we had operated with prior to their liquidation which provided the basis for our later success. Our Fleet consisted of Owner Operaters and this with a little help from the partners, soon establish our business rapidly. Over the years the partnership has reduced and in 2017 there are two original partners remaining. In 2009 the partnership was replaced by a Private Company, Brisbane Charter Bus Pty Ltd trading as Brisbane Mini Bus Charter and the remaining original partners are now the directors of this company.
Allan D'Almeida is the Managing Director of the company and his experience in the bus industry dates back to 1994. After completing 20 years of military service, Allan bought into B.C. Mini Buses as an owner operator and continued in this role until an opportunity came about in 2000 when the company B.C. Mini Buses went into liquidation. Allan secured the client base and continue the Charter Bus Service, which enabled the group of owner operators to continue in their roles under the new business. Allan continues to manage the business and is extremely proud of the services provided over many years to different organisations of which many still utilise our services. We have provided opportunities to owner operators to participate with us along our journey and enjoy the successes of our business.
Allan believed there was a niche market for a small bus business in Brisbane and kept the fleet initially to the 13 seat and 21 seat Mini Bus level. Brisbane embraced the services provided to schools, corporate businesses, government departments, inbound tour operators, weddings, sporting groups, and to the general public. We have provided our mini buses to organisations undertaking major redevelopment such as The State Library of Qld, South Bank Institute of TAFE, Queensland Health, BP Australia and for projects such as the Ipswich Motorway upgrade. One thing we have learnt over the years was the need to adapt to the changing landscape of our industry, whilst some things remained constant others changed. From a slow down in tourism to an increase in the mining projects, we adapted from charters to our tourist attractions, to providing site tours for companies setting up in the Surat Basin, to driving in/out workers to the camp sites of major projects. This required some changes to our fleet and whilst we still maintain the mini bus as our core work, we have now included mid size coaches to enhance our fleet. Our fleet now includes 9 x 14 seat, 4 x 21 seat Mini Buses and 1 x 33 seat and 1 x 37 seat Luxury Coaches.
Brisbane Charter Bus Pty Ltd is an Accredited Operator with Queensland Transport & Main Roads and we are compliant with National and State Legislation. Our drivers are QLD Government Authorised drivers who meet stringent training requirements to ensure delivery of a quality service. Our business operates close to the CBD in Herston and this places our services within 8 minutes of the City and Brisbane CBD, 12 minutes from the Brisbane Domestic and International Terminals and all our major sporting venues are within easy reach of our depot.