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Can I Drive A Minibus | Do You Have The Right Driving Licence?

You may be able to drive a minibus if you hold a car driving license and follow certain conditions - otherwise you’ll need to apply for a minibus license.

If the minibus is not for ‘hire or reward’



You may be able to drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats using your current car driving license as long as it’s not for ‘hire or reward’ - ie there’s no payment from or on behalf of the passengers.



You held a driving license before 1 January 1997



You can drive a minibus in the UK and on temporary visits abroad.



When your car license is next renewed at the age of 70, you’ll need to re-apply for your entitlement and meet higher medical standards.

You obtained your driving license after 1 January 1997



You can drive a minibus within the UK as long as the following conditions apply:



  • you’re 21 or older

  • the minibus is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body

  • you’ve had your driving license for at least 2 years

  • you’re driving on a voluntary basis and the minibus is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body

  • the maximum weight of the minibus is not more than 3.5 tonnes (or 4.25 tonnes including specialist equipment for disabled passengers, eg a wheelchair ramp) you’re not towing a trailer


Minibus permit - if you need to charge running costs


You can apply for a minibus permit if you need to charge passengers, as long as:



  • you’re 21 or older

  • the vehicle can carry between 9 and 16 passengers

  • you’re driving it for a voluntary organisation that benefits the community (eg an educational, religious or sports organisation)

  • the minibus service is only available for members of that organisation - not to the general public

  • any charges are to cover running costs and are made on a non-profit basis


Apply for a minibus permit from your local authority, or contact the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).



VOSA



permits@vosa.gov.uk



You need a public service vehicle (PSV) operator’s license to:



  • operate a vehicle for hire or reward (payment or payment in kind) that can carry 9 or more passengers

  • operate a smaller vehicle carrying passengers and charging separate fares for the journey

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