Did you know that many people could actually drive a minibus in the UK without a special licence? There are certain rules which should be followed.
Firstly, you might be able to drive a minibus seating up to 16 passengers as long as there’s no payment or reward from the passengers, ie it is not a paid for journey. There are come conditions you must meet:
- aged 21 or older
- held your driving licence for at least 2 years
- if you are over 70 years old, you meet the “group 2 medical standards”
- you are driving on a voluntary basis and it is a social/leisure journey rather than a commercial journey
- maximum weight of the minibus is no more than 3.5 tonnes
- no towing of a trailer
If you are driving a minibus abroad, it is worth contacting the licencing authority in the country you are visiting to check whether it is ok for you to drive a minibus on your existing licence.