If you're not using a minibus for hire or reward, you may be able to drive one on your car licence.
If you passed your driving test before 1st January 1997 you can drive a minibus with a maximum of 17 seats (including the driver's seat).
This entitlement remains in the UK till your licence is next renewed.
At renewal, DVLA will only include your entitlement to drive a minibus if you make a special application. This involves meeting higher medical standards. The entitlement normally last three years.
Driving a minibus with nine or more passenger seats for hire or reward normally requires Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) entitlement. Gaining PCV entitlement involves a test, plus reaching higher medical standards.
There is an exception to needing PCV entitlement - if you drive on behalf of an organisation under the 'minibus or community bus permit scheme' it isn't necessary to have PCV entitlements.
Last updated: Friday 22nd July 2011
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