You have lots of options when it comes to minibuses; size, specification and manufacturer.
Size is dependent on seats, but weight is also a factor as it determines what licence and conditions are needed to drive the vehicle.
Vehicles with a GVW of 3.5 tonnes and over require a D1 entitlement. There is a weight allowance of 750kg for specialist equipment only – it cannot be apportioned to anything else.
As a guide:
With D1 entitlement:
Drivers can drive any weight minibus. However they will still need regular refresher training and assessments.
Without D1 entitlement:
Drivers can drive a minibus with a GVW under 3.5 tonnes but conditions apply under a Section 19 Permit.