Driving a minibus differs slightly from driving a car, however it is not difficult. If it is your first time driving a minibus follow our tips and tricks for a safe and worry free drive when travelling with a large group!
The rules and regulations of driving a minibus in the UK are different from when driving a car. Be sure to read up on them before hiring a minibus.
- The minimum age that you have to be to drive a minibus depends on the category of vehicle and how long you have been in a possession of a drivers license for.
- For IVAR/MR categories you must be over 21 and have held your license for a minimum of one year.
- FVMR, SVAR/SVMR require you to be over 25 and have held your license for a minimum of one year.
- For COMN/CNMN you must be over 25 and have held your license for a minimum of 3 years.
- The type of drivers license that you require also depends on the type of minibus that you are driving. If you're hiring a COMN or CNMN minibus then you will require a category D1 driving license which is automatically granted if you passed your driving test before January 1st 1997.If you passed your test after this date, you must apply for the D1 category which you must be aged over 21 to get.
- With IVAR/MR, SVAR/MR and FVMR minibuses you will be able to travel outside of Europe, however it is not possible to cross the UK border in a COMN or CNMN minibus.
- Non-EU residents are only permitted to drive vehicles with up to 7 seats (IVAR, SVAR and FVMR).