Minibus training

Aim of course

Drivers who want to drive a minibus will need to ensure they have Category D1 on their driving licence unless the weight of the minibus is no more than 3,500g. Although those who passed their car test before 1 January 1997 will automatically have this category those who passed after that date will not.

Summary of course

This course lasts for four days with the test on the final day of the course. It includes comprehensive training on the driving skills needed to pass a D1 Test. It is run from Winchester using a Hampshire County Council owned minibus.

Entry requirements

In order to register for a course the participant will need to obtain D1 as a provisional entitlement on their driving licence, which will require a medical examination. They would then need to pass a theory and hazard awareness test for bus and coach drivers.

Cost of course

The cost of the four day training course is £825.00 per person which includes the cost of the Test. Courses are for two participants with one trainer.

At present there is a fund available from the Schools Forum which enables Hampshire schools and academies to obtain this training free of charge.

The cost of the medical varies but is approximately £100.00. The cost of the Theory and Hazard Awareness test is currently a total of £37.00. These costs are for the applicant to bear prior to booking on a course.

For further information

Contact the Road Safety Team on road.safety@hants.gov.uk or 01962 832211 and ask to speak to Graham Mylward.