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Everything You Need to Know About Minibus Training

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Are you interested in becoming a minibus driver? If so, you’ll need to undergo specialised training to obtain your Category D1 driving licence. In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about minibus training, from the requirements to the practical skills you’ll learn.

Requirements for Minibus Training:

To obtain your Category D1 driving licence, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Hold a full car licence
  • Pass a medical examination to ensure you’re fit to drive
  • Pass a theory test and a practical test


Minibus Driver Training Curriculum:

The minibus driver training curriculum is designed to teach you the skills and knowledge you need to drive a minibus safely and responsibly. Here are the main areas covered in the training:

    • Vehicle Familiarisation:

During the first part of your training, you’ll learn about the different types of minibuses and their features. You’ll also learn how to perform pre-drive checks to ensure that the vehicle is safe to operate.

    • Basic Driving Techniques:

Once you’re familiar with the vehicle, you’ll start learning basic driving techniques, such as how to steer, brake, and accelerate. You’ll also learn how to use the gears and how to perform manoeuvres such as reversing and turning.

    • Defensive Driving:

In this part of the training, you’ll learn how to anticipate potential hazards and react to them. You’ll also learn how to maintain a safe following distance and how to use mirrors effectively.

    • Passenger Management:

One of the main responsibilities of a minibus driver is to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers. During the training, you’ll learn how to interact with passengers, how to load and unload them safely, and how to secure their belongings.

    • Emergency Procedures:

In the unlikely event of an emergency, it’s important to know how to react quickly and calmly. You’ll learn how to handle situations such as breakdowns, fires, and accidents, and how to evacuate passengers safely.

    • Route Planning and Navigation:

To be an effective minibus driver, you’ll need to be able to plan routes and navigate effectively. The training will cover topics such as map reading, using GPS systems, and identifying landmarks and road signs.

    • Eco Driving:

Minibus driver training also includes an eco-driving component, which teaches you how to drive in a way that conserves fuel and reduces emissions. You’ll learn techniques such as smooth acceleration and deceleration, and how to use the vehicle’s features to save fuel.

Practical Assessment:

After completing the training, you’ll need to pass a practical assessment to obtain your Category D1 driving licence. The assessment will test your ability to operate the minibus safely and responsibly, and will include tasks such as driving in traffic, manoeuvring in tight spaces, and handling emergency situations.


Minibus training is essential for anyone who wants to become a professional minibus driver. By completing the training and passing the practical assessment, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to drive a minibus safely and confidently. Whether you’re looking to start a new career or simply want to expand your driving skills, minibus training is a valuable investment in your future.

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Formed in 1986 and a family owned and operated business, L&T provides instruction for anyone wishing to drive a vehicle from C1 (7.5T) to CE (artic) and D1 (Minibus) to D (Coach).

We also train drivers in the transportation of dangerous goods (ADR) and the operation of HIAB plant, Forklift and we are a JAUPT Approved Centre for Driver CPC Periodic Training.

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