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Driving a Minibus without Category D1

Any staff (voluntary or employed) must hold a full and valid driving licence to drive a vehicle on your behalf. In addition, you must ascertain that each driver possesses category D1 on their licence. Should this not be the case, they cannot operate a minibus unless the following conditions are adhered to:

  • Driver is 21 years or older;
  • Driver has held their licence for 2 years or more;
  • The use must not include hire or reward;
  • Vehicle must have no more than 16 passenger seats;
  • Minibus must be 3.5 tonnes or less (4.25 tonnes if specialist equipment included); and the Vehicle is not towing a trailer.
Minibus Lightweight

Minibus Lightweight

As many drivers passed their test following 1 January 1997, category D1 will not appear on their licence, unless a bespoke addition has been made. As a result, these members of staff cannot drive some minibuses, for example the new Ford Transit 17 seat minibus which exceeds the 3.5 tonne threshold. For some schools and community groups, one option is to undertake the appropriate training and apply for D1 on the driver’s licence. However, for others, this represents a time-consuming and costly exercise which they may not undertake.



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