Minibus driver training

We offer one day training courses in Ashford for anyone who wants to drive a minibus (a vehicle containing 9-16 passenger seats).

Alternatively, if an organisation wants 8 or more drivers to have the training, we can provide a course at a specific location.

The courses we offer are for:

  • drivers who passed their car test before 1 January 1997, with a category D1 on their licence
  • drivers who passed their car test after 1 January 1997, with a category B on their licence who comply with the necessary exceptions as outlined by the DVLA.

You must be 21-70 years of age. If you are over 70, you can still drive a minibus, but only with a successful doctor's report.

Drivers passing their test after this date must now complete a full Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) category test, through the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

During the course you learn:

  • the difference between driving a minibus and driving a car
  • the rules and regulations of minibus driving
  • practical minibus driving skills.

You can book the course online.

Once you have passed, the card is valid for 3 years. If this expires, you will need to have a re-assessment. This is an hour in a minibus where the driver needs to:

  • successfully answer minibus-related questions
  • demonstrate that their driving has remained safe in the 3 years since their last minibus assessment.

Successful candidates are then issued with a new card for a further 3 years. The KCC re-assessment currently costs £45 and can be booked by contacting tom.morton@kent.gov.uk.

On the day:

  • drivers have their eyesight and licences checked to ensure they are able to drive a minibus
  • the morning is spent in the classroom understanding the legal and practical requirements of driving a minibus, and what is expected of a driver
  • lunch is not provided, trained assessors take groups of no more than 4 drivers out to the minibuses. Checks are carried out before the drivers take turns to drive the vehicles
  • drivers get help and encouragement to reach a safe standard of driving, and are assessed at the same time. Any driver who has difficulty reaching this standard is offered extra training at a later date
  • drivers who successfully complete the course receive an Approved Minibus Driver's card and a written assessment of their drive.

Read our minibus code of practice (PDF, 584.7 KB)