What if you already hold a D1?
It is recommended under a Section 19 Permit that drivers with inherited D1 entitlement complete MiDAS (Minibus Drivers Assessment Scheme) every 3-4 years for additional peace of mind. This refresher training can also be taken by those who have the full D1 licence. We also recommend that schools check their drivers medical status bi-annually and complete a 20m eyesight check annually.
Driving minibuses on a standard B car licence
Any vehicle with eight passenger seats or less is considered a car, not a minibus and some 12-seat minibuses can be driven on a standard B car licence. There are some circumstances where a light-weight minibus can be driven on a standard B car licence; if the gross vehicle weight is under 3.5 tonnes (with an additional allowance of 750kg for disabled access equipment only) and the driver is over 21 years of age, is a volunteer and is driving for social purposes. Read more about the guidance for teachers driving with a car licence.
For clarification on licences, vehicle weights and permits, all staff members responsible for minibuses can complete the Online Minibus Compliance Course to receive certification they have received minibus compliance training.
More information can also be found on our Driving a School Minibus FAQ section.