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PCV Licences & Training – Get Your Cat D Licence

PCV stands for Passenger Carrying Vehicle, and the requirements for obtaining a PCV licence are broadly similar to those for goods vehicles.

There are two categories of PCV licence:

  • Category D1 – for minibuses with between 9 & 16 passenger seats
  • Category D – for buses and coaches with more than 16 passenger seats

As with goods vehicle licences, the “+E” suffix indicates that you may tow a trailer weighting more than 750kg behind your vehicle.

There is always a high level of demand for qualified bus and coach drivers, so gaining a Category D licence is a great career move.

Earning potential:
£20-25,000 per year, full time

Suitable for:
Anyone with a car licence (Category B) over the age of 18 who is medically fit to drive.


What’s involved

Driver Hire Training are here to help you gain your new licence. We’re here with you every step of the way.

Training length:
The length of your training course will depend on the licence you require and any previous experience, including driving goods vehicles. It is likely to be somewhere between 1 – 7 days. We will be happy to discuss your specific requirements with you.

Course content and tests:
As with HGV training, the full PCV test is made up of several parts. Click here to see our ‘Getting Started‘ guide.

Costs and finance:
Costs will vary depending on where you do your training. We can provide all this information when you call us or submit an enquiry form. Remember, you can spread the cost of licence acquisition training through our Finance offering.

Ongoing requirements

Once you have your licence, you will need to undergo a medical examination every 5 years and undertake 35 hours’ periodic Driver CPC training in order to keep your DQC up to date. This is standard for any PCV driver. Find out more about Driver CPC.


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