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RSM Commercial Driver Training provides PCV driver training courses for a range of passenger carrying vehicles (PCV’s) including minibuses, coaches and buses.

In order to begin your PCV driver training and to obtain a Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) Licence, candidates must already hold a full car (Category B) licence and be over 18 years of age.

The PCV driving licence is split into two categories:

  • Category D1 Licence – Minibuses
  • Category D Licence – Coaches and buses

PCV Category D1 Licence: Minibus

A minibus is classed as a small Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) which typically has between eight and sixteen passenger seats and an allowance for a trailer of up to 750kg. Anyone who passed their car driving test previous to January 1997 may already hold a Category D1 restricted licence for social and pleasure use. If you intend to drive a PCV vehicle with over 7 seats for hire or reward you are legally required to pass the D1 driving test to have the full PCV driving entitlement.

PCV Category D Licence: Coaches & Buses

The PCV Category D Licence is for a larger bus or coaches with more than eight passenger seats used for hire or reward and a trailer of up to 750 kg. The PCV Category D Licence entitles the driver to drive any size of PCV including a single or double decker buses for hire or reward.

How long does it take to train for the PCV driving test?

Typically our PCV driver training course is spread over 5 days with approximately 20 hours of one-to-one tuition in one of our fleet of PCV vehicles. Our experienced PCV driver training instructors will teach you to drive the vehicle both confidently and safely to a high standard beyond what is typically required by the PCV driving test. We believe this gives you the best chance of passing your PCV test the first time and being safe to drive on the road. Our PCV driver training instructors treat each trainee driver according to their individual ability so as to ensure that they are ready for the PCV driving test on the fifth day at the local test centre.

Getting Started

1. Contact us to obtain our Driver Training Starter Pack

RSM’s ‘Starter Pack’ includes everything you need to help you with the first steps to train for your new commercial driving licence.

  • DVSA Provisional licence application forms posted first class
  • Medical appointment booked
  • Online study program for Theory Multiple Choice, Hazard Perception & Module 2 CPC tests
  • Progress Reports (if required) on theory test study
  • DVSA Theory Multiple Choice Test
  •  DVSA Hazard Perception Test

2. Attend your medical appointment, apply for your provisional and revise for your theory tests

After you have attended your medical you will need to send the D2 & D4 form, along with your driving licence photocard, to the DVSA in the envelope we provided.

It can take unto 3 weeks for the DVSA to return your licence. In the meantime, we recommend that you start studying for your Theory, Hazard and (if applicable) Module 2 tests. If you have purchased our ‘Starter Pack’ please contact the office once you have received your licence and we will book the tests for you.

3. Pass Your HGV Theory & Hazard Tests

RSM would have booked your theory tests at a local test centre to where you live. You will need to pass both tests prior to taking your practical driving test.

4. Book Your Driving Course

Once you have passed the theory tests we will be pleased to confirm a booking for you on our PCV driver training course. Simply give us a call or submit your details through the Contact Us page and we will liaise with you to arrange a convenient start date for your driver training.

Contact us today!

Call us on: 01268 695 909

Email: enquiries@rsmdrivertraining.com

Alternatively, please use the Contact Us page to submit your details and we will contact you.

Get the theory…

If you are preparing for a driver training course it is worth considering the theory as well the practical skills required to obtain a new licence. Why not try a free theory test with Driving Test Success by clicking the link below?