Monday, November 28, 2022

Can I drive a minibus? Driving rules explained

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MINIBUSES are useful for transporting large groups of people, but not everyone is allowed to drive a minibus.

Here we describe everything you need to know about the rules of driving a minibus.

Minibuses usually have a seating capacity of between 8 and 16 and can be handy for transporting large groups of people.

In order for you to be allowed to drive a minibus with a normal driving licence, a number of requirements must be met.

According to the GOV UK website, you can drive a minibus in the UK if the following conditions apply to you:

If you charge passengers for travel in your minibus, you must apply to the DVSA for a minibus permit.

You can apply for a permit if these conditions apply to you:

People who passed their driving test before January 1, 1997 are allowed to drive a minibus with their license.

However, those who pass after this date must take an additional test known as the D1 test, which is administered in a minibus.

If you want to drive a minibus commercially, you have to apply for two special permits.

You must apply for a passenger transport vehicle (PCV) license and a PSV (Public Service Vehicle) operator license.

A minibus is a vehicle that can carry between eight and 16 passengers.

A vehicle with seven seats would be classified as a car.

Anything with more than 16 passengers (plus driver’s seat) would be too large to qualify as a minibus.

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