PCV Category D1 (Minibuses)
You can drive minibuses with 9 to 16 passenger seats from age 21.
The D1 driving licence is a legal requirement for those driving most types of minibus on school business. If you passed your car test after January 1997 you are not entitled to drive a minibus without taking an additional D1 Test.
If you hold an ‘acquired rights’ car licence issued before January 1997, and have category D1 you will still need to apply as a new applicant if you want to have the restriction code (101) removed.
Car drivers with acquired or grandfather rights category D1 will need to take 35 hours of periodic training to maintain the acquired rights!
Schools, Academies, Colleges and any other organisation operating under a Section 19 or 22 Permit may be excluded from the legislation.
PCV Driver CPC
All PCV drivers are now required to hold a Driver CPC card to drive professionally.
Existing Driver CPC card holders will need to complete the next block of 35 hours of periodic training before the September 2019 to continue to drive professionally
Module 1a Multiple Choice (1.5hrs)
This will be 100 multiple choice questions, the pass mark is 85.
Module 1b Hazard Perception. (45 mins)
You will be presented with a series of 19 video or cgi clips which feature everyday road scenes. In each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards.
To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. You will not be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test: as on the road, you will only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.
The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 67 out of 100.
Module 2 Case Studies (1.5 hrs)
Based on real life scenarios you may encounter in your working life.
It aims to test your knowledge and how you put it into practice.
You will be asked to answer a number of multiple choice questions.
This will be made up of seven case studies, each one with 6 to 8 questions with a maximum score of 50, you must answer 38 correctly.
You will be allocated 1½ hours to complete the test.
Module 3 Practical Test (1.5 hrs)
The test starts with a selection of ‘show me tell me’ questions.
A reverse exercise from right to left over a predetermined course into a simulated loading bay.
The actual on road driving time will be a minimum of 1 hour, to include 15 minutes of independent driving, this will give the examiner time to assess candidates driving in varied traffic conditions over a wide variety of roads.
On conclusion of the test a full debrief is given.
Module 4 Driver CPC Practical Test (30 mins)
This ½ hour test will require you to demonstrate your knowledge and ability in the areas listed below:
Ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use
Security of the vehicle and contents
Ability to prevent criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants
Ability to assess emergency situations
Ability to prevent physical risk
Demonstrate your ability through a physical walk round vehicle safety check
To pass candidates have to score 15 out of a possible 20 points in each topic area (75%) and an overall score of 80%