If you wish to use your own organisation's minibus for the PCV D1 practical driving test, you may wish to check that your minibus conforms to the MTV (minimum test vehicles) specifications.
These MTV specifications are:
D1+E (category upgrades with heavier trailers)
Stretched limousines and prison vans based on a lorry chassis are not suitable vehicles for a PCV (category D or D1) practical driving test
If your minibus does not conform to these specifications, your driving test could be cancelled by the examiner with no refund of any test fees. If in doubt, please check with your local DSA (Driving Standards Agency) test centre.
Therefore you are advised to wear a high visibility jacket or vest whilst undertaking the first part of your driving test. i.e. “show me” and “tell me” safety questions, The S- shaped reverse into a parking bay, the braking exercise and demonstrating the uncoupling and re-coupling procedure if taking a test with a trailer.
Driving test regulations require a candidate to provide a suitable vehicle for the purposes of the test. This means that the vehicle must be roadworthy, taxed, insured, and of such a construction and design to enable the examiner to conduct the appropriate test properly. In addition, all vehicles presented for test, must meet the minimum test vehicle (MTV) specifications
These include having working lights, seatbelts, mirrors, integral head restraints, seats which allow examiners a proper view,etc. If any vehicle presented for a test does not meet the required suitability or MTV standards, the examiner will refuse to proceed with the test.
Vehicles presented for test often have other potential problems which may make them unsafe for examiners. These include the following – there are others not illustrated here.
Objects such as mobile phone bracket, placed in the deployment area of the passenger/examiner airbag. This could render the airbag useless in the event of an accident.
Mobile phone brackets, fire extinguishers, etc, intruding into the examiner’s space. They could injure the examiner in the event of an accident.
Items such as pens stuck into air vents, loose objects on dashboards, loose objects on the floor on the examiners side’ side or on the rear passenger seats which could fly around in an accident and injure the examiner or candidate.
Please make sure your test vehicles have no hidden safety problems, to protect examiners and your candidates, and prevent the disappointment of cancelled tests. If in doubt, please contact your local test centre.