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How to Drive a Minibus? The Sixt Minibus Guide


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! 

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Minibus Hire Rules & Regulations

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). 

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The Beginner's Guide to Driving a Minibus Rental

  • If it is your first time driving a minibus, let our Sixt staff know when you go to pick up your vehicle and they will be happy to give you a short demonstration on how to drive it properly. 
  • Go for a test drive in a car park or a quiet road with little traffic to get the feel of driving the minibus before hand. 
  • When driving a minibus always remember to take into consideration the extra room required to maneuver the vehicle and when reversing and backing into a parking space.  
  • When driving a larger vehicle do not follow the vehicle in front of you too closely as you will require a longer stopping distance.  
  • Although there are some differences between driving a minibus and a car it is straightforward. If you are thinking of hiring a minibus look no further than Sixt and travel with your large group hassle free!