About the licence
PCV D is a vehicle that exceeds a 16 passenger seating capacity. There is no weight or seating restriction on this category – providing the vehicle is rigid based (no trailer exceeding 750kg), it can be driven on a category D licence. The PCV D entitlement will also allow you to drive double decker coaches and bendy-buses.
Before you can begin practical driver training, you will need to have completed your PCV driver medical (to attain your provisional licence) and passed both PCV Multiple Choice & PCV Hazard Perception theory tests.
We are able to arrange all of this on your behalf with our PCV Starter Pack - you can read more information on this by clicking here.
We run a four day course including practical test. Courses are typically run at a 2-to-1 ratio – two trainees with one instructor. Although driving time is shared, you will remain in the vehicle all day ensuring you are familiar with the test routes. We are also able to offer 1-to-1 training if preferred.
Please note: due to COVID-19, all driver training for the foreseeable future will be conducted on a 1-to-1 basis.
We use a fully automatic bus for training and test purposes. By passing in a vehicle with an automatic transmission, you will still be issued a full manual PCV D entitlement. Our vehicles have been carefully sourced and selected, to ensure your driver training is as straight forward as possible.
The practical test will last around 60 minutes and is made up of three parts – a few brief safety questions, a reverse manoeuvre and a practical on-the-road driving assessment.
At Heads of the Valleys Training we have our own private DVSA test facility on site, meaning that your practical test would start and finish from our centre. This provides a huge advantage as you will be taking your test within the local area where you will have been training throughout the duration of your course. It also means that you can practice the reverse exercise at our centre each day that you are training – the same place you will be completing it on your test.
If you intend on using your PCV licence professionally (i.e. use your licence for work purposes/to be paid as a driver), you will need to complete your PCV Driver CPC qualification.
You can read more about Driver CPC by clicking here.
Why choose Heads of the Valleys Training?
✅ We are a ‘one-stop-shop’ and can therefore arrange ALL elements of driver training on your behalf, including medical, theory tests and comprehensive revision materials, if required. Read more about our PCV Starter Pack by clicking here.
✅ We are a private DVSA test centre, meaning you will take your practical test using the same local roads you will have trained on. No more travelling to and from the test routes to prepare, and no busy city centres to worry about on your test!
✅ We have one of the highest pass rates in the country at 84.43% over a total of 533 DVSA tests conducted in 2019
✅ All of our vehicles are selected purely with training in mind, to make your practical training and test as easy as possible
✅ We have a dedicated training centre with on-site offices, training rooms, classrooms and amenities – feel free to call in and take a look around.
Ready to get started?
The quickest and easiest way to begin is to call our bookings team on 01873 832000.
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