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UK drivers who passed their ordinary car driving test prior to 1 January 1997 will normally have been issued an old style UK Driving Licence showing
vehicles of Group A or a new style EC Driving Licence showing vehicles of
Categories B, C1 and D1.
Drivers who passed their ordinary driving test after
1 January 1997 are only issued a Driving Licence showing vehicles of
Category B (up to 8 passenger seats); Categories C1 and D1 are no longer
Driving Licence Category D (9 or more passenger seats) or Category D1
(9 to 16 passenger seats).
All drivers of minibuses (9-16 passenger seats) are required to hold a valid
driving licence showing either Group A on an old style UK Licence or
Category B and D or D1 on a new EC style Licence issued in any EU
Drivers who passed the car test (Category B) after the 1st January 1997 and
who wish to drive a minibus are required to take a further Statutory Driving
test for vehicles in Category D or D1. However; certain drivers who passed
the car test (Category B) after 1 January 1997 are permitted to drive a vehicle in Category D1 (minibuses) without the need for a further test so long as all of the following conditions are met: -
• A full driving licence has been held for at least two years
• The driver is aged 21 years or over
• The driver receives no payment (or any other consideration) other than out
of pocket expenses (i.e they are a volunteer)*
• The vehicle is driven for social purposes only
• There is no trailer attached
• The maximum authorised mass (mam) of the vehicle does not exceed
3.5 tonnes, or if fitted with specialised equipment used for disabled
passengers, does not exceed 4.25 tonnes.**
- To establish if a person can be categorised as a volunteer driver, the
following issues should be addressed:-
• Is the organisation a non-commercial body?
• Is the driving for social purposes?
• Can the driver be compelled by his / her employer to drive?
• Is the driver being paid specifically for the driving?
If the first two questions can be answered positively, and the answer to the
latter two is no, the driver may be considered to be driving on a voluntary