Getting started on becoming a minibus driver may seem like a daunting experience, but it’s actually easier than you may think. With MSW Midas minibus training, you’ll receive first class levels of training from professional, qualified and fully accredited instructors. So, if you’ve been thinking about training to become a minibus driver, only to be put off by not finding a suitable course, Midas will be able to base your training around your skill set and unique needs.
Aside from the training there are a few technicalities which will need to be met in order for you to become a fully qualified minibus driver. To begin with you’ll need to be 18 years old or older and hold a full car licence. The licence must be valid in Great Britain and you’ll have to apply for the correct provisional entitlements to be applied to your driving license. The Government website currently allows you to check all the vehicles you are permitted to drive, so it’s worth entering your driving licence details online to see if you’re provisionally entitled to drive a minibus. If not, you can apply to add the provisional entitlements by requesting D2 and D4 forms directly from the DVLA.
Part of the reason you have to request the forms is so the DVLA can check that you are of sound health to be driving a passenger carrying vehicle such as a minibus. It’s because of this that the D4 form needs to be filled out by a doctor. This can either be your own GP, or alternatively you could use a private firm that specialises in conducting medical exams designed for drivers. It’s highly likely that you will also have to get an optician to complete the section of the form that refers to your eyesight. It’s also worth bearing in mind that, although there is no charge from the DVLA for the forms and the process of adding the provisional entitlements to your licence, your doctor, optician or a private firm could charge you for the medical examination.