How hard is it to drive a mini bus?
Driving a minibus requires a consistently high level of concentration and vigilance, which can get pretty exhausting after a while. If you’re travelling long distances, make sure you have a little break once every two to three hours at a minimum.
What do I need to be a mini bus driver?
In order to attend any of our Category D1 courses, you must be at least 17 years of age and have a Category B licence (car licence). Assuming you already have a Category B driving licence, your first step is attend and pass a PCV medical test (unless you have already completed a medical for an LGV licence).
Can I drive a 12 seater minibus on a car licence?
Anyone with a normal licence can drive a minibus with up to 12 seats. For people who passed their test and got their driving licence before 1 January 1997, you are likely to have a Category D1 licence. This allows you to drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats – but not for hire or reward.
Can I drive a school mini bus?
If you volunteer to drive a school minibus you must, by law ensure a Section 19 permit has been obtained if one is needed. Drivers who hold a category D1 driving licence can drive minibuses over 3500kgs in gross vehicle weight with up to 16 passengers as long as they are not employed to drive a minibus directly.
What does D mean on driving Licence?
The Category D code means you can drive any bus with more than 8 passenger seats (with a trailer up to 750kg).
Do you need a D1 to drive a minibus?
There are special licensing arrangements allowing you to drive minibuses and buses without holding the higher Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) driving licence entitlement. Drivers of minibuses having nine to 16 passenger seats will need to hold a PCV licence category D1 or a category D licence to drive larger buses.
Can I drive a minibus over 70?
If your licence has been medically restricted or if you are aged over 70, you must meet the higher medical standards to have your minibus entitlement reissued. If your minibus entitlement is not renewed, you may still be able to drive minibuses in certain circumstances.
What size minibus Can I drive without D1?
To be able to drive a Minibus with more than 16 passenger seats or more than 8 meters long then a D1 licence is required. To obtain a D1 licence driver’s will need to gain medical clearance from their GP, pass a two-part theory test, as well as pass a 90 minute practical test while driving a category D car.
Can I drive a 8 seater minibus on a car licence?
Smaller vehicles like 8 seater cars aren’t considered minibuses, and under most situations are legal to drive on standard car licences. Driving licences awarded on and after 1 January 1997 do not automatically have the D1 entitlement, which is the full minibus licence.
Can I drive a 16 seater minibus on a car Licence?
Minibus Driving Entitlements On A Category B Car Licence
Passing your test before this date should entitle you to Category D1 on your licence by default, permitting you to drive any vehicle under that class. This includes a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats and a trailer.
What is a PCV Licence?
PCV stands for Passenger Carrying Vehicle, and the requirements for obtaining a PCV licence are broadly similar to those for goods vehicles. There are two categories of PCV licence: Category D1 – for minibuses with between 9 & 16 passenger seats. Category D – for buses and coaches with more than 16 passenger seats.
What does C1 mean on driving Licence?
A C1 driving licence means that you can drive a rigid vehicle up to 7.5 tonnes and a trailer up to 750 Kg. So, if you obtain a C1 driving licence then you can drive a medium-size vehicle over 3,500 kg up to 7,500 kg. Once you have passed your C1 driving test then a new range of jobs will be available to you.