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What kind of license do we need in order to drive a Ford Transit? watch

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    Can we drive such vehicles with the Driver's License we use for our regular cars especially the versions which can carry 9-15 passengers.

    Thanks in advance.
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    From the DVLA:
    Holders of a full category B (car) driving licence may drive any of the vehicles listed below:
    a passenger carrying vehicle manufactured more than 30 years before the date when it is driven and not used for hire or reward or for the carriage of more than 8 passengers
    a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats provided the following conditions are met:
    i. the vehicle is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body but not for hire or reward
    ii. the driver is aged 21
    iii. the driver has held a car (category B) licence for at least 2 years
    iv. the driver is providing the service on a voluntary basis
    v. 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
    vi. if the driver is aged 70 or over, is able to meet the health standards for driving a D1 vehicle

    If however you will be hiring or being paid for driving it then:
    To drive a minibus that has nine or more passenger seats for hire or reward you will normally need passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) entitlement. To obtain this you must meet higher medical standards and take a further driving test. However, if you drive a minibus for an organisation under the minibus or community bus permit scheme you will not need to have the higher PCV entitlements.

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    Thanks Didn't realize the passenger version of the Transit is called a Minibus
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    (Original post by Iorek)
    Thanks Didn't realize the passenger version of the Transit is called a Minibus
    It's still called a Transit as it is based on the transit van, just happens to have windows and a few more seats than normal. But any vehicle with more than I think 9 seats is classed as a Minibus (unless it's a coach ).
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    if the MAM is under 3500 kg and it has less than 9 seats in total you can drive it on a cat B licence ( i.e. vans, pickups and crewcabs) you may also tow an unbraked trailer MAM<750kg

    if it's a minibus with a MAM of <3500kg and you meet the criteria stated above for the D1 derogation above ( in DHR90's first post ,#2 in the thread) you can drive it

    if it's an accessible minibus MAM<4250 kg and you meet the criteria for the D 1 derogation you can drive it ( i.e. tracking, tailift and wheelchair clamps / removable seats)

    if it's a MAM mam >3500kg you will need cat c1 ( i.e. most modern Transit based coachbuilt Ambulances, a dual rear wheel Jumbo panel van , some pickups )
 
 
 
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