The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires you to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all employees while at work. You also have a responsibility to ensure that others are not put at risk by your work related driving activities.

All training is provided by a fully qualified DSA Approved Driving Instructor, who will carry out a driving assessment and provide an objective and informed feedback on the driver’s on road abilities and attitude towards risk.

D1 Minibus Practical Training Only

In order to undertake practical training you will need to produce your provisional PCV category D1 driving licence.

Each driver requires a differing amount of training, however generally drivers require an average of 12 hours training before their test. Your instructor will advise you how much training they think you will require and plan your programme accordingly.

A normal training session will last for either 4 or 5 hours and start around 8am. Training is conducted on a ratio of either one students to one instructor, or two students to one instructor, depending on your circumstances and preference.

The practical training course will cover all aspects required by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Syllabus. Items covered will include vehicle safety check questions, driving on urban roads, rural roads and dual carriageways, procedures at bus stops, and also an off-road reversing exercise.

Online Theory Test

You have to pass the theory test to complete your licence for driving a vehicle.
Find out more here

As with our learner car students, we offer use of the Theory Test Pro App for preparation for the D1 theory and hazard perception tests. This is free of charge to those training with us.

Do you Need D1 and/or Driver CPC?

The PCV D1 minibus driving licence is available for all drivers aged 21 or over and any drivers who passed their car test after January 1st 1997 and wish to drive a minibus with more than 8 passenger seats. Drivers who hold a licence by virtue of grandfather rights may also undertake a minibus test in order to have their restrictions lifted.

If you can answer YES to any of the following statements you will need to pass the PCV D1 minibus test in order to legally drive a vehicle with 8-17 seats:

  • You passed your car test before 1st January 1997 and do not hold the D1 entitlement
  • You passed your car test before 1st January 1997 and hold a D1 entitlement with a 101 restriction and wish to work for hire or reward
  • You passed your car test after 1st January 1997 and wish to drive a vehicle with more than 8 seats regardless of whether it is for hire or reward or not
Frequently Asked Questions

Driving licences held before 1 January 1997?
If you had entitlement to drive cars before 1st January 1997 you can drive a minibus provided it has a maximum of 17 seats including the driver’s seat and is not being used for hire or reward.

What does hire or reward mean?

Hire or reward generally means any payment in cash or kind made by or on behalf of passengers that gives them the right to be carried in a vehicle.

Can I Drive a Minibus?

If your driving licence shows you hold Category D1, then yes you can.

If it shows you hold Category D1(101) then in most circumstances you can, but NOT for hire or reward (see above question)

If your driving licence shows you DO NOT hold Category D1 or D1(101), then generally you may not drive a minibus, however there are certain circumstances where you still may be able to do so.

You may drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats if:

  • You are driving on behalf of a non commercial body for social purposes but not for hire or reward
  • You are aged 21 or over
  • You have held a car (category B) licence for at least 2 years
  • You are providing your services on a voluntary basis and the minibus maximum weight is not more than 3.5 tonnes excluding any specialist equipment for the carriage of disabled passengers. Minibuses up to 4.25 tonnes will be permitted in these circumstances.


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