D1 Training

Are you planning on embarking on a career that involves operating a minibus? If so, you should make Wayside Transport your first port of call for Category D1 training which is both officially recognised and competitively priced. For years, we’ve helped candidates achieve success through the provision of advice and training which has helped to steer them in the right direction.

Whether you’re looking to add a new skill to your repertoire or are an inexperienced beginner looking to make a start towards your new career, Wayside Transport are here to help. To find out more about our Category D1 training, keep reading.

What is the Category D1 Licence?

For those who wish to drive a minibus, a specific requirement must be met. In most cases, a minibus cannot be driven on a standard driver’s licence. Instead, a Category D1 licence must be obtained by completing officially recognised and sanctioned Cat D1 training. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be granted a licence that permits you to drive a minibus with up to 17 seats (including the driver’s seat).

There are many great benefits to choosing to train with Wayside Transport which are as follows:

• One-To-One Tuition
• Instructors Fully Accredited with National Register of Instructors and Hold Current DBS Certificate
• You Can Take Your Test at the Poole LGV/PCV Test Centre or Southampton LGV/PCV Test Centre

• Widen Your Career Horizons and Flexibility as a Driver
• Work as a Professional Driver
• Intensive Training Courses

Get in touch with our friendly team today for further details

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Are There Any Exceptions?



Yes and no. If you obtained your Category B (standard driver’s licence) before the 1st January 1997, your licence would be covered under Grandfathering Rights, or acquired rights. What this means is that your licence will already come with the D1 category albeit with restrictions attached. A 101-restriction code prevents anyone from operating a minibus with up to 17 seats for profit meaning you would be restricted to private use only.

If you wish to drive a minibus for hire and reward (profit), you must complete Category D1 training in order to lift this restriction. Likewise, if you passed your driver’s test after the 1st January 1997, you’ll be required to complete the above training to operate a minibus for both profit and private use.

Here at Wayside Transport, we’re more than capable of assisting you in this endeavour. Our professional, experienced and friendly team members are on hand to instruct you in everything you’ll need to know when operating a minibus with and without passengers aboard. This course is suitable for both individuals looking to invest in their careers and companies wishing to train their employees.

There are some official requirements for you to undertake before starting the course.

Category D1+E (Minibus and Trailer)

If you already hold a Category D1 licence and wish to tow a trailer with a gross weight of more than 750kg, then you cannot do this on just the D1 licence. Additional training and certifications are required, and an additional category must be added to your licence first. Category D1+E training is designed to teach you everything you need to know to tow a trailer safely while operating a minibus. It should be noted that the gross weight of the trailer must not exceed the weight of the vehicle towing it.

If you would like to submit your interest for our Category D1 and D1+E training courses, call Wayside Transport today on 01202 873 911.

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