There are different types of licences required depending on why you wish to drive a minibus:

If you wish to drive a vehicle with a passenger seating capacity of up to 16 seats (NOT FOR HIRE/REWARD) you must take the D1 minibus test. However, if you passed your category B (car) test before 1st January 1997 then you will automatically have D1 (101) on your license via grandfather rights. This means you do not need to take a D1 test.

Before you start your practical driver training with us you will need to complete the following steps: 

1 - Order forms D2 and D4 from the DVLA via this link - Become a qualified lorry or bus driver: Applying for a provisional lorry or bus licence - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

2 - Complete form D2 and then arrange a medical, this can be done by your own GP (most GP’s charge for this service but it is worth checking) or by a firm specialising in drivers’ medical exams. The doctor will complete and sign form D4 which you then send back to the DVLA to apply for the provisional D category to be added to your licence

3 - Once you have the provisional D category on your licence, you need to book your theory test via this link - Book your theory test - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). You will need part 1a (approx. £26.00) involving multiple-choice questions and part 1b (approx. £11.00) hazard perception. The first section tests your knowledge of general road safety and basic driving principles; the second section tests your ability to identify developing hazards

4 - Complete our 1 hour assessment (£105.00)

The point of our hour assessment is to ascertain the amount of practical training required. Most candidates usually need between 12 and 20 hours training depending on their experience. We will then provide training at a cost of £105.00 per hour.

You will be responsible for the booking of your practical tests via this link - Book your driving test - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) You will only be able to book this once you have passed your theory test. 

The test is split into 2 separate parts, off-road and on-road. The off-road test covers manoeuvring and the on-road test covers your actual driving ability. You can book your off-road and on-road test at the same time online, however; you must pass your off-road test before you can take your on-road test. Once you have passed your off-road test, you then have 6 months to take your on-road test.

We prefer to train you as close as possible to your actual test date, this is to greater your chance of a successful pass. Please speak to us about training availability PRIOR to booking your test. 

On the day of your test, we will provide a final hour of instruction. Please allow 4 hours for the test (this includes preparation, travel time (to and from) and the actual test).

Before booking your 1 hour assessment, you MUST complete the Minibus Assessment Form found here.

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