PCV D1 (Minibus)

About the licence

PCV D1 is a vehicle with between 8 and 16 passenger seats. By passing the PCV D1 practical test, you will be able to drive a vehicle with up to 16 passenger seats.

You are able to sit your PCV D1 test at the age of 18, providing that you already hold a category B (car) driving licence. You do not need to have held your licence for a certain period of time.

Drivers who passed their car test prior to 01 January 1997 were automatically issued a D1 entitlement with a 101 restriction code – “not for hire or reward.” The only way to lift this restriction is by completing the PCV D1 practical driver training and test.


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.

The Course

We run a two day course including practical test. Training is completed on a 1-to-1 basis, unless otherwise requested.

We use a manual Ford Transit Minibus (16 seater) for training and test purposes. 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.

Driver CPC

    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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