Minibus & Coach Training Leeds – Category D & D12024-04-17T14:55:55+01:00

Get your D1 License

Minibus & Coach Training Leeds – D1 Licence

Wetherby Training is the perfect choice for drivers looking to obtain a D1 licence. Upgrade your current licence to drive minibuses for school teacher, outdoors activity organisations and anyone else who needs to drive a minibus, coach or similar PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle).

We can also help you get your DQC card (Driver Qualification Card) to help meet your legal obligations and drive for hire and reward – driving minibuses or coaches with paying passengers.

From car to Category D or D1, we’ve got you covered.

Minibus & Coach Driver Trainee Starter Information

Our step by step guide outlines what you’ll need to do to get qualified and become an minibus or coach driver. Start your journey with Wetherby Training today!

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Minibus or Coach Entry Requirements

To become an minibus or coach driver and become qualified to drive a Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV), you must have a valid Provisional Minibus licence Category D or D1. To get this, you need to:

  • Be 18 years old or over.

  • Be competent in English and maths (to take the PCV theory tests).

  • Hold a full car licence.

  • Pass a doctor medical to DVLA Group 2 standards

  • If you are under 21 with penalty points you may not be granted a PCV entitlement.

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Provisional Minibus or Coach Driving Entitlement

To learn to drive a minibus or coach you must first gain the correct provisional driving entitlement on your driving licence with DVLA.

To gain the correct provisional entitlement for a PCV the following process must be followed:

  • Book a D4 Driver Medical with GP completes a DVLA form D4, available online to print, search DVLA D4 form.

  • Complete an application to DVLA using DVLA form D2 to add additional Provisional Entitlement. D2 form not available for online download but can be ordered at – takes 7-10 days to arrive

  • Post off the DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BR completed D4 and D2 forms, also include current driving licence.
  • Licence should return with 28 days from DVLA and Provisional entitlements will have been updated at DVLA.
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Category D1 Training Notes

You must have received your driving licence back after step 2 before booking your Theory Tests Steps 3 and 4.

The Theory Test Module 2 doesn’t need to be taken/passed to learn to drive a minibus or coach and take the Driving Test, this element can be postponed until after the driving test has been completed, if preferred.

Theory Tests Module 1a and 1b

PCV Theory Tests Module 1a and 1b

To be eligible to take your minibus or coach Driving Test you must have passed the PCV Theory Tests:

  • PCV Multiple Choice (1a).

  • PCV Hazard Perception (1b).

These can be booked online at:

Theory Test Revision:

Wetherby Training can arrange a Theory Test Revision package for you using

Complete your revision online with mentoring support from Skills for Logistics.

Theory Test Module 2

PCV Theory Test Module 2

To be eligible to take your minibus or coach Practical Demonstration Test – Module 4 you must have passed the Theory Test:

  • PCV Case Studies.

These can be booked online at:

Theory Test Revision:

Revise for the theory tests using a website service such as – purchase the PCV Package.

Practical Demonstration Test Module 4

Practical Demonstration Test Module 4

To be a professional PCV Driver you must pass the Practical Demonstration Test. This is a practical demonstration of your ability to:

  • Daily walk-around checks.
  • Ability to prevent physical risk.

  • Loading and security of loads.

  • Emergency procedures.

  • Loaded vehicle dynamics.

  • Border crossings.

  • Security procedures.

This practical test is normally carried out by your training school using a suitable PCV. It involves no on-road driving, the minimum pass mark is 80% and you will be expected to demonstrate safe competent ability.

Practical Off Road Driving Exercises Module 3a

Practical Off Road Driving Exercises Module 3a

To be eligible to take your practical driving test you must complete the off road exercises:

  • Reverse Manoeuvre.
  • Un-coupling and re-coupling the trailer (only vehicles towing trailers).

This test is normally carried out before your driving test by the driving school, using an approved instructor/assessor. This will be carried out either while on your practical driver training lessons or shortly before they commence.

This element is either pass/fail and to resit this test there must be 24 hours between tests. Its important that you are given practice on these skills before test.

You will be given a pass certificate upon passing this test and must bring it with you to your driving test.

Practical On Road Driving Test Module 3b

Practical On Road Driving Test Module 3b

To be eligible to take your driving test you must have a pre-booked appointment with a DVSA examiner and bring with you:

  • Your current Driving Licence.

  • Your Off Road Module 3a pass certificate.

  • Wear your glasses or lenses if needed for driving.

  • Wear suitable clothing.

The driving test will consist of different road and traffic conditions during 60 minutes and be carried out in a very similar way to your car driving test. You are permitted up to 12 driving faults, above 12 faults or a serious/ dangerous fault will most likely result in a failure.

Module completion

Completion of all Modules

Upon passing all Modules you have the option at the end of Module 3b, the Driving Test to surrender your driving licence.

You will receive your new driving licence showing PCV entitlement for the vehicle type you took your driving test with.

This should arrive within 7 days from DVLA. Your Driver Qualification Card (DQC) should also arrive within 7 days from the DVSA, this is evidence you have passed your CPC, Modules 2 and 4.

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D1 license Notes

If you don’t pass your driving test you won’t get your DQC CPC card until you have passed your PCV driving test parts 3a and 3b.

If you are a pre-1997 car driver you may have difficulty booking your Module 2 – phone 0300 200 1122 to book it manually as an ‘acquired rights’ driver.

Module 4 along with Module 2 – the CPC elements can be postponed until after the driving test, if preferred.

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Which course is right for me?

Course durations are based upon driver ability which means less capable drivers may require more training. We typically recommend that drivers initially take our 1 hour Driver Ability Test on our private airfield to help define the level of training required. This helps avoid unnecessary training and reduces the cost for more experienced drivers.

Course Type Description Min Duration Max Duration
Driver Ability Test Help define the level of training required. 1 hour n/a
Minibus/Coach Conversion If you already drive large vans or trucks (HGV’s). 7 hours 14 hours
Minibus/Coach Novice No experience driving anything other than a car, 14 hours 21 hours

Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Common questions we are asked about Minibus and Category D1 Training.

Are you part of Tockwith Training Services?2023-10-12T16:43:12+01:00

All of our instructors worked previously at Tockwith Training Services in York (driving school with yellow trucks) and since the owners retired we have formed Wetherby Training.

Minibus Category D explained2023-07-13T11:43:27+01:00

Category D1

You can drive vehicles with:

  • no more than 16 passenger seats
  • a maximum length of 8 metres
  • a trailer up to 750kg

Category D1E

  • You can drive D1 category vehicles with a trailer over 750kg maximum authorised mass (MAM).
  • The combined MAM of both cannot exceed 12,000kg.

Category D (Buses and Coaches)

  • You can drive any bus with more than 8 passenger seats with a trailer up to 750kg maximum authorised mass (MAM).

Category DE

You can drive D category vehicles with a trailer over 750kg.

Do I need training to drive a minibus?2023-07-13T11:20:38+01:00

Drivers of minibuses having 9 to 16 passenger seats will need to hold a PCV licence category D1 or a category D licence to drive larger buses.

What is a D1E Licence?2023-07-13T11:18:46+01:00

The minibus PCV Category D1+E training courses are aimed at those people who already have their Category D1 Minibus Licence, but would like to drive a minibus and tow a trailer over 750kg. The combined MAM of both however cannot exceed 12,000kg.

Can You Tow a Trailer with a D1 Licence?2023-07-13T12:29:52+01:00

Yes, but only a small trailer; with a D1 licence you are allowed to tow a trailer as long as the total weight of the vehicle and trailer does not exceed 750kg maximum authorised mass (MAM). This will usually be an un-braked single axle trailer.

What is D1 minibus training?2023-07-13T12:37:54+01:00

D1 minibus training is a type of driver training that allows individuals to obtain a D1 category on their driving license, which permits them to drive minibuses. This training typically includes both theoretical and practical components, covering topics such as vehicle safety, passenger management, and driving techniques specific to minibuses.

What does PCV mean?2023-07-13T11:44:25+01:00

PCV stands for Passenger Carrying Vehicle. It refers to a type of vehicle that is designed and used for transporting passengers, such as buses, coaches, and minibuses. If you would wish to drive a PCV you need a category D or D1 licence.

What is a D1 licence?2023-07-13T11:00:39+01:00

A D1 license is a type of driving license that allows the holder to drive a minibus or bus with a maximum of 16 passenger seats. It is required for individuals who want to drive a minibus or bus for hire or reward, such as for public transportation or as part of a business.

What is a DVSA Approved Delegated Test Site?2023-07-13T10:58:03+01:00

A DVSA Approved Delegated Test Site (ADTS) is a location where driving tests can be conducted by private companies that have been approved by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). These private companies must meet certain standards and requirements set by the DVSA in order to be approved as an ADTS. This allows for more flexibility and availability in scheduling driving tests, as well as potentially reducing wait times for test appointments.

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