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Category D1 Training

(Minibus 9-16 Passenger Seats)

Category D1 PCV / PSV training runs from Stowmarket  in Suffolk and uses the DVSA Test Centre in Ipswich.  D1 is the category that allows you to drive a vehicle with 9 to 16 passenger seats. It is also the category that you must pass to receive the D1+E provisional entitlement in order to proceed to Category D1+E Training. We offer various combinations of Category D1 training courses depending on experience:

  • 8 Hours – £555 (V. Very Experience Large Van)
  • 10 Hours – £665 (Very Experienced Large Van)
  • 12 Hours – £775 (Experience of Large Van)
  • 15 Hours – £940 (No Experience but Confident)
  • 18 Hours – £1,105 (No Experience less Confident)

All prices include a weekday practical test fee of £115.

If you also require the CPC Practical, this is an additional 4 hours including test – £200 when booked with one of the above courses – £300 normally.

PCV PSV Minibus Training - Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Ford Transit T430 (4,250kg) with 16 Passenger Seats

Once you have passed your Multiple Choice, Hazard Perception (and CPC Case Studies, if require) theory tests your D1 practical course can be arranged and the practical test can be booked – the driving test lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

The Category D1 practical test consists of several parts:

  • Show Me Tell Me D1‘ – You will be asked 5 questions from the list
  • Reverse Manoeuvre – Off Road (See Below)
  • General Road Driving – On Road
  • Independent Drive – On Road
When attending training and test you MUST have BOTH parts of your licence and theory certificate.

This is the reverse exercise that will be part of your test, demonstrated here by one of our Category C vehicle. Sorry about the windy day!

Upon passing your Category D1 practical test, your examiner will send your licence to the DVLA for updating to the full entitlement.


  • 8 Hours – £555 (course inc. test fee)
  • 10 Hour – £665 (course inc. test fee)
  • 12 Hour – £775 (course inc. test fee)
  • 15 Hour – £940 (course inc. test fee)
  • 18 Hour – £1,105 (course inc. test fee)
  • 4 Hour Assessment Lesson – £220
  • D1 Hourly Rate – £55
  • DVSA PCV Test Fee – £115
  • DVSA PCV Out of Hour Test Fee – £141
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