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Minibuses

Minibus Licence Requirements

As a rule, you can drive a minibus on a normal licence (e.g. for a car) in the United Kingdom providing you meet certain conditions, such as the minimum age limit.

But, if your standard car driving licence does not cover minibuses, you would need to get a minibus licence for a Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV).

Driving a Minibus Not for 'Hire or Reward'

Holding a current and valid car drivers licence might allow you to be a minibus driver (under certain conditions).

But, you can only use a normal car driving licence to drive minibuses when there is no more than sixteen (16) passenger seats inside the vehicle.

The minibus must not be for 'hire or reward'. That means it is voluntary and there will be no payment made by any of the passengers (or on their behalf).

As the driver, you would also need to meet certain other licence conditions for driving a minibus within the United Kingdom, such as:

Note: You can view or share your driving licence information online. The DVLA service allows you to check what vehicles you can drive. But, obtaining someone else's personal information without their permission is a criminal offence.

Licence Rules for Driving a Minibus Abroad

The rules for driving a minibus overseas of the United Kingdom vary. It is best to contact the licensing authority in the particular country that you will visit for further clarification.

Renewing Your Driving Licence at 70

There is a set process for renewing a driver licence at 70 or older. If so, you would need to send two forms to the address written in section F of form D2:

Note: Passing your car driving test since the 1st of January 1997 means you will not have category D1 on your driver's licence. You would need to apply for a minibus licence to add the D1 category.

How to Apply for a Minibus Permit

In some cases, minibus drivers may need to charge a fee to passengers to cover the running costs. If so, you can apply for a minibus permit (PSV372) from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

DVLA Licence Requirements for Driving a Minibus in United kingdomThe driver of the minibus must be at least 21 years old, and:

Get a Licence to Drive a Minibus for Profit

DVLA licensing requirements for driving a minibus change if you want to drive it 'commercially' (for a profit). The same would also apply if you do not meet the conditions listed above.

In either of these situations you would need to apply for (both):

Driving a Motorhome Licence Requirements

You must have the correct licence to drive a motorhome or a campervan in the United Kingdom. The vehicle also needs to be within the UK size limits for motorhomes and campervans.

As a rule, two factors determine what licence you need to drive a motorhome. It would depend on the age of the driver and the maximum authorised mass (MAM) for the vehicle.

Still not sure?

A definition of maximum authorised mass (MAM) is the weight of the vehicle plus the maximum load it can carry.

Drivers Licence Rules and Regulations

The help guide in the main driving licence rules section covers all the popular services and legal obligations with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Note: Another section explains drivers licence staging and upgrading (adding higher categories by getting a 'provisional entitlement' and then taking a test).

There is a way to check which vehicles you can drive online. The service also informs you of the licence and age requirements for towing various vehicles.

Note: Some licence requirements for driving motorhomes in Northern Ireland may differ (including importing one from another country).

Importing a Motorhome into United Kingdom

You need to follow the procedures for new vehicle registrations to import a motorhome into the United Kingdom on a permanent basis.

But, the vehicle registration rules in UK restrict the size of motorhomes that you can import. For instance, you cannot register a motorhome if it is longer than twelve (12) metres and more than 2.55 metres wide.

Note: Driving mirrors, lamps, rear bumpers, and reflectors are not included in the measurements. Even though there is no height limit for motorhomes, there must be a notice showing the height (in view of the driver) if it is more than three (3) metres high.


Driving a Minibus and Licence Requirements in United kingdom

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