Thinking of Taking the MiniBus Test!

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tnajamie
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Can anyone shed some light on what to expect;

I have had my car license for 3 years now ... I will use this license to do volunteering work at uni .... I am 22 years old (almost 23)

So has anyone here passed their minibus test? and how can I improve my chances?

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I've been told that the difference in effort between getting a Category D1 (Minibus) and a Category D (Full Bus) licence isn't that much, so consider going the full hog and getting a bus licence.

However, if you're doing it to drive professionally, remember that driver CPC is now in place so it means that depending what you do you may need more training - it's explained fully here: http://www.drivercpc.org/en/
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First off are we tallking about cat D1 or a Midas test?
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You're not allowed to drive a minibus on a standard licence?
You're joking right, whoops.
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You CAN drive a minibus on a car licence under certain conditions
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring...ons/DG_4022619

Holders of a full category B (car) driving licence may drive any of the vehicles listed below:

• 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

When driving a minibus under these conditions you may not receive any payment or consideration for doing so other than out of pocket expenses or tow any size trailer; you may only drive minibuses in this country.
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What that means is if your Uni is regarded as a non commercial body you can drive it as long as you or the Uni do not make money from doing so
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If you still want to take the D1 test then you will need to remember your DSA test procedures from when you did your car training and test

The way to practice for the D1 is to lose the rear view mirror in your car and check both mirrors before doing anything and to check them both at least every few seconds - also remember the blind spot checks before mooving off

There will be a simple reversing excerise done at the test centre as well as the 1 hour road drive

Make sure you know what bus lanes you can use and those you cannot in the area where you take your test http://www.advanced-driving.co.uk/fo...php?f=1&t=3346

A D4 medical is your first stop - never pay more than about £50 or consider yourself ripped off
http://www.driversmedicals.com/_FAQs.html
http://www.doctorsonwheels.co.uk/por...7/default.aspx

When filling in the D2 provisional application form make sure you tick D & C as that will cover you for D1 as well as any future D1+E, D, D+E, C1 C1+E C & C+E medical requirements

You will need to take and pass the PCV theory and HPT tests but you can book these yourself at the theory test centre - you will need provisional licence to do this and it can be done online - book both on the same day as its silly to go there twice
Fail one and only that one will need to be done again - not both like the car theory
Material - try this - http://www.desktopdriving.co.uk/prod...roducts_id=381

Vehicle safety questions asked on the practical test - http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum.../dg_170486.pdf

IMPORTANT - always visit the training school and have a chat and a look at the vehicles before parting with any money
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(Original post by ROG.)
You CAN drive a minibus on a car licence under certain conditions
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring...ons/DG_4022619

Holders of a full category B (car) driving licence may drive any of the vehicles listed below:

• 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

When driving a minibus under these conditions you may not receive any payment or consideration for doing so other than out of pocket expenses or tow any size trailer; you may only drive minibuses in this country.
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What that means is if your Uni is regarded as a non commercial body you can drive it as long as you or the Uni do not make money from doing so
wow awesome answer man .. greatful for that

Will go in and talk to them and see what they say about it
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I imagine you are on about the MiDAS minibus training scheme rather than the actual D1 and which is where the confusion above originates from.

You are allowed to drive a minibus on a standard license but it is common for most insurers who insure the likes of universities, scouts etc.. to require that those driving complete the MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) training scheme. This was introduced after a number of high profile crashes in the 1990s IRRC.

I'm doing mine on wednesday so will let you know.
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I imagine you are on about the MiDAS minibus training scheme rather than the actual D1 and which is where the confusion above originates from.

You are allowed to drive a minibus on a standard license but it is common for most insurers who insure the likes of universities, scouts etc.. to require that those driving complete the MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) training scheme. This was introduced after a number of high profile crashes in the 1990s IRRC.

I'm doing mine on wednesday so will let you know.
oh brilliant, do you know much about what this involves

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(Original post by initiation)
I imagine you are on about the MiDAS minibus training scheme rather than the actual D1 and which is where the confusion above originates from.

You are allowed to drive a minibus on a standard license but it is common for most insurers who insure the likes of universities, scouts etc.. to require that those driving complete the MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) training scheme. This was introduced after a number of high profile crashes in the 1990s IRRC.

I'm doing mine on wednesday so will let you know.
http://www.ctauk.org/training/introd...-to-midas.aspx - that explains the scheme

http://www.glosminibusscheme.co.uk/drivertrng.htm - that explains one scheme in your area
MiDAS Minibus Driver Training
The Gloucestershire Minibus Scheme (GMS) requires all minibus drivers to have completed MiDAS training (Minibus Driving Awareness Scheme). This is a nationally accredited qualification, and ensures all drivers have reached a certain level of safety when driving a minibus. If you want to drive disabled access buses, please indicate that you require training for “Standard & Accessible” MiDAS on your application form

There is a minimum age of 25 for people to be minibus drivers, and potential drivers should normally have the D1 minibus entitlement on their driving licence.

GMS can arrange MiDAS training with one of our trainers. The cost of an organisation’s first MiDAS training with GMS can be deducted from the next booking they make with us!

To apply for MiDAS training, or to join as a driver if already MiDAS trained, the driver needs to complete a Driver Registration Application Form and Medical Declaration Form, which are included the GMS application pack
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Can anyone tell me though what the test actually involves!

Parking? Motorway? manouvering? signalling?
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What are the test paper questions please
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