D1 minibus licence

D1 is the category of licence which allows you to drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats.

If you have this category by implied rights (passed your car test before 1997) then you will have the code (101) shown against it on the reverse of your driving licence. This code means that you cannot drive for hire or reward, in other words you can’t drive for a commercial company. However if you are driving for a non-profit making organisation such as a school or charity and the minibus is operated under a section 19 permit, they you can still be paid for driving.

If you want to drive a 16 passenger seat minibus with a gross vehicle weight of more than 3500kgs then you MUST have D1 on your licence.

The process: DVSA

To add the D1 category to your licence you will have go through the DVSA process.

Firstly you must have passed a car test and you must be at least 18 years old.

You will need to apply for provisional entitlement to be added to your licence and this will require you have a medical exam and the relevant forms be included with your application. We can give help and guidance with this.

Read more: Must Haves for Minibus Journeys

Once you have provisional status, the next step is to take the theory and hazard perception tests. Just as with the car test these are taken at a DVSA theory test centre. The theory and hazard perception tests are done separately. The theory test is the same as for those wishing to drive large buses and will include questions on a range of subjects not covered on the car test, including Tachograph, braking and suspension systems, as well the driving and handling of larger vehicles. This all means that plenty of study of the relevant publication will be needed. Our staff can give you any support you might need.

Driving Licence

Once the theory and hazard perception tests have been passed, you will then need to take and pass a practical driving test. This is conducted from a DVSA driving test centre (note not all test centres deliver this type of test).

The test its self is very similar to the car driving test, although there is only one set piece reversing manoeuvre which is done on a special area at the test centre. The standard of driving expected to pass is of a higher standard than that of the car test.

The training for the practical test is normally carried out over 2 days, with the test on the afternoon of the second day.

Our trainer will meet the candidate at school, so no need to travel to a training centre, and the test will be booked at the most convenient location.

The training is quite intense but very enjoyable and our highly experienced trainers have excellent pass rates.

While this is a comprehensive guide to what’s involved in the D1 process, with our help it will be straight forward and painless and the whole process can be completed in 3 months (dependent on candidates progress and DVSA test availability).

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