Driving a Minibus on a Regular License

Driving a Minibus on a Regular License

UK driving licences actually allow you to drive more than just your bog standard car you know!  Did you realise that you could actually be allowed to drive a minibus of up to 16 people on your normal driving licence?

There are of course, certain rules which apply.  Firstly, you are only allowed to drive the minibus if you are not taking payments for the journey (eg. it is a family and friends trip out rather than members of the public!).  You must ensure that you are over 21 years old, and that you have held your licence for at least 2 years.  If you are over 70 years old, you need to check that you fit within the “group 2” medical standards – these are the standards used for driving lorries and buses.  You also are not allowed to tow a trailer, or exceed the weight of 3.5 tonnes for your minibus.

It is even possible to drive a minibus abroad on your normal licence, however it is always worth checking with the local licencing authority in whichever country you are travelling to, just in case!