PCV Licence & PCV Driver Training
There is often quite a lot of confusion surrounding PCV licensing with many confusing what is known as the PSV licence. There is no difference between the PSV licence and the PCV licence apart from the name. in 1982 the PSV licence was technically abolished and then replaced with the PCV licence
Now onto another potential confusing area which we will talk about here which is when conditions allow you to be able to drive a minibus “without” having a PCV licence. If you obtained a car licence before January 1st 1997 you can legally drive minibuses for non commercial purposes. A minibus is classed as a vehicle that does not exceed 8 metres in length and carries between nine and sixteen passengers.
Anyone who obtained their car licence “after” 1st Jan 1997 can also drive a minibus on a car licence only if all the conditions listed below are met:
- The minibuses is being driven in the UK and not a road
- Is not towing a trailer
- The driver is at least 21 years old
- The driver has possessed a car licence for at least 2 years
- The driver is operating the minibus on a voluntary basis and is only offered cover for out of pocket expenses ( no payment allowed ) as a driver
- The vehicle weighs no more than 3500kg (maximum authorised mass) or 4250kg if the vehicle has additional equipment such as a passenger lift to allow the carriage of disabled passengers.
- The minibus is being used for social / non commercial purposes / by a non commercial operator
* Another variation / rule is if a driver is over 70 years he/she can still drive legally on a car licence the driver must pass a PCV Medical and shown by the code of either 120 or (NFHR).
More can be read here http://www.ctauk.org/training/who-can-drive-a-minibus.aspx
So to sum this up if you need to operate a minibus professionally at all then you will need a Category D1 vehicle licence.
PCV Categories Explained
- Category D1. As seen earlier on this page above allows you to drive a minibus up to 16 seats, no longer than 8 metres in length and trailers are allowed up to 750kg.
- Category D1+E. This enables you to do the same as a D1 above but allows for heavier trailers to be towed. Worth noting the trailer must not outweigh the vehicle doing the towing and both trailer and vehicle combined must not be over 12 tonnes.
- Category D. The category D licence is for Bus and Coach drivers who will be operating with more than 16 passengers and with trailers up to 750kg.
- Category D+E. This is the last and most advanced of the Cat D licences you can obtain. It enables you to drive a bus or coach with more than 16 passengers and towing a trailer heavier than 750kg. You also of course receive the acquired rights on all the other Category D licence types mentioned above.
If you are still left confused please do let us know what it is you would like to do and we can guide you to the right type of PCV training. Our training courses provide everything you need to pass your test including Theory, Practical and CPC training. Read more about driver cpc
Check out our PCV Faq page for more information on the process.
Driver CPC Requirements
During your PCV training you will fulfil the initial CPC requirements. When training and testing is complete you will be presented / issued your CPC card. This card is good for five years. During those five years you must undergo 35hrs of further CPC training. By completing your training you can renew your card for a further 5 years.
Driver Training Centre is a JAUPT approved driver CPC centre. For acquisition and renewal of qualification cards.