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Minibus training scheme

What is the minibus driver training scheme?

The scheme is for drivers who want to carry passengers on a minibus. It is open to any organisation that would like to have their minibus drivers assessed.

A permit will be issued, usually for 5 years, if the driver passes a practical assessment.

How much does it cost?

All potential drivers will need to pass a medical clearance procedure. This is free for employees of Staffordshire County Council if their medical is carried out by our occupational health unit.

Organisations who aren't signed up to our occupational health unit's service level agreement may be charged within the region of £45 to £70 depending on which occupational health unit is used.

How do I apply?

Please note: If you passed your driving test after 1 January 1997 you will be restricted to the weight of vehicle you can drive. You can drive a vehicle up to and including 3500kg (or 4250kg if the vehicle is adapted) without gaining category D1.

To apply please email  minibus@staffordshire.gov.uk for an application form. 

Staffordshire County Council,
Road safety unit,
PO Box 3593,
Stafford, ST16 9RB

Please contact us for further information and guidance.

When do I need category D1 on my licence?

This category is needed to legally drive a minibus which carries between 9 and 16 people.

If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997 you won't have category D1 on your licence and will need to add it.

How do I add provisional category D1 to my licence?

There are a couple of steps you must take to add the category to your licence:

Once these forms have been completed, you'll receive a licence with a provisional D1.

This will allow you to drive a minibus, provided that you have front and rear L plates on the vehicle and are also accompanied by another driver who has D1 on their licence.

How do I add full category D1 on my licence?

After you've got provisional D1 entitlement on your licence you can apply to take the minibus theory and practical tests. You must pass both in order to have category D1 added to your licence.

Please note: We advise that you seek professional training for the D1 tests, as we do not provide this.

How can I book my tests?

You can book your theory test or practical test online on the .gov website.

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