PCV Training

Bus, coach and minibus training in the UK

What is PCV Training?

If you want to drive a bus, coach or minibus then you are going to need the correct PCV (passenger carrying vehicle) licence entitlement.

If you are looking to drive a PCV for hire or reward, you will also require up to date Driver CPC training. See our separate section on Driver CPC for further information on this statutory requirement. For the PCV industry there are 2 main types of driving licence to acquire; categories D and D1. The two different categories are based on the number of seats the vehicle in question has.

This site promotes local bus, coach and minibus training companies all over the UK as part of our unique training network. We don’t list brokers or middlemen who act as third party agents. By using our website, you can be safe in the knowledge that your initial enquiry, including any questions and queries regarding course content, training dates, vehicles and prices will be answered first hand by those that conduct the training.

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PCV Training

Category D

This represents either a coach or bus with more than 16 passenger seats. It’s worth noting that with a category D licence, a trailer may be towed. However, as with the general rule for trailers, this cannot exceed 750 KG Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW.) If you want to tow a trailer in excess of 750 KG GVW, you will need to obtain the D+E licence entitlement. E represents the trailer entitlement. Many training firms who offer PCV training can also provide trailer training.

Category D1

This represents a small passenger carrying vehicle (minibus) with a minimum of 8 passenger seats and not more than 16 passenger seats. The same rule applies (as with D entitlement) for trailers. To tow a trailer over 750 KG GVW (with a D1 licence), candidates must obtain the D1+E entitlement. Speak to your chosen training firm for further information.

If you passed your category B (car) test before 1st January 1997, you should already have an entitlement to drive a small minibus (D1). However, if you check your licence, you may find that there is a 101 restriction attached. This restriction prevents you from driving a D1 vehicle for hire and reward. To rectify this, you will need to complete the entire D1 licence application from new ie. Medical, provisional D1, 3 theory tests, driving test and Driver CPC practical test.