Under certain conditions, as described below, you are able to drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats in the UK using a standard driving licence. If these conditions do not apply, you’ll need to apply for an additional minibus licence.
Either way, it is wise to have minibus insurance.
If you need to charge passengers to ride in a minibus you are driving, but only for covering running cost and not for profit (i.e. you are driving it for a voluntary organisation such as an educational, religious or sports entity), you must apply for a minibus permit.
You can only drive with a minibus permit if you are 21 or older, and the vehicle must not be able to carry more than 17 passengers.
You should apply for a minibus permit through the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
You can drive a minibus within the UK if:
Whether you can drive a minibus abroad on a UK licence depends on the licensing authority of the country you’re visiting. See more information about driving abroad on the UK Government website.
You can still be entitled to drive a minibus if you are 70 or over, but if you are renewing your driving licence you must ensure you:
Forms can be ordered on the DVLA forms page of the UK Government website.
You should send both forms to the address in section F of the D2.
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Designed for one or more vehicles with between 9 and 17 seats, our minibus insurance can cover all under one policy, with one set of paperwork. If you run a fleet and want to add or remove vehicles, simply give us a call and we can usually make the amendment the same day.
Chris North FCII is a respected industry leader with over 40 years' experience, who has worked in the insurance industry in a variety of roles, accumulating a wealth of knowledge.He is currently Technical Manager for Towergate's motor division, providing expertise on all matters relating to motor fleet insurance, in particular haulage and self-drive hire fleets.
Date: August 20, 2019
Category: Commercial Vehicle