Do you or someone you employ intend on Driving a Minibus? If you passed your standard Car driving test after 1st Jan 1997 you may not have the necessary entitlement on your driving license. You could therefore be putting your safety and the safety of your passengers at risk. PEDTS can help you to solve this problem.
You may be allowed to drive a minibus if it is not used for hire or reward. Hire or reward generally means any payment in cash or kind made by or on behalf of passengers that gives them right to be carried in a vehicle.
Driving licence held before 1 January 1997;
If you had entitlement to drive cars before 1 January 1997 you can drive a minibus provided it has a maximum of 17 seats including the driver's seat and is not being used for hire or reward. Your minibus entitlement will remain valid in the United Kingdom until your licence is next renewed.
Driving License issued since 1st January 1997;
Drivers with full licenses issued since 1997 can drive a minibus as long as the following conditions are met;
The vehicle is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body but not for hire or reward
The driver is aged 21
The driver has held a car (category B) licence for at least 2 years
The driver is providing the service on a voluntary basis
The minibus maximum weight is not more than 3.5 tonnes or 4.25 tonnes including any specialist equipment for the carriage of disabled passengers.
As you can see the rules are varied and confusing, PEDTS can make this easier for you to understand and ensure you remain legal and reduce the risk to your drivers and passengers.