D1 DRIVER TRAINING

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 Fleet Driver Training 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 both parts of your provisional PCV category D1 driving licence.

Each driver requires a differing amount of training, however generally drivers require between 3 and 5 days with the test on the fifth day. Your instructor will advise you how many days training they think you will require and plan your programme accordingly.

A normal training day will start at 8am and finish at 4pm with training being conducted on a ratio of two students to one instructor. Should training be conducted on a 'one to one' basis the training day will be reduced to a 4 hour day.

The practical training course will cover all aspects required by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) Syllabus. Items covered will include vehicle safety check questions, driving on urban, rural roads and dual carriageways, procedures at bus stops, and also a 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


Do you Need D1 and/or Driver CPC?

The PCV D1 minibus driving licence is available for drivers aged 21 or over and 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:


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?

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.

Driving without a minibus entitlement (Category D1)

If your licence does not allow you to drive minibuses, there are certain circumstances where you still may be able to do so.

If your licence does not allow you to drive minibuses, there are certain circumstances where you still may be able to do so.

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