Many drivers are legally permitted to drive a minibus on their car licence, whether they've passed a car driving test before 1997 or driving a minibus under the strict derogations of a standard permit as an unpaid volunteer. However, there are circumstances where a driver is legally required to hold a full D1 licence category, obtained through a separate driving test, before driving a minibus.
For drivers who need to attain a D1 entitlement on their licence the process will include: a medical, applying for a provisional entitlement, theory test and a practical DVSA minibus driving test.
All organisations operating a minibus are also responsible, under the Health & Safety regulations, to ensure that all their drivers are properly assessed and trained regardless of the face value of individual licence categories or any certificates held.
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