About the PCV Licence
If a career as a Bus or Coach (PCV) driver appeals to you, you might want to consider getting a licence first. A PCV licence is a necessary requirement in UK for anyone who is driving or wanted to drive a Passenger Carrying Vehicle. Acquiring a PCV Licence would not only increase your chances in securing a job as a Coach or Bus driver, you would also get the chance to enjoy the benefits once you are employed.
A passenger carrying vehicle licence can be attained through a fairly simple process. Of course like any licence it requires levels of examinations but itís nothing more than examinations you will have done for your car driving license. There are basically 5 simple steps in acquiring your own PCV licence and this should be completed in sequence. Processing can take an approximately 8-10 weeks.
For your medical, take the orange form (D4 or DLM1 in Northern Ireland) to your doctor for a fee of about £120. Once you have completed your medical you must send your D4 form along with your current driving licence and your completed D2 licence application form (available from DVLA Local Offices, Vehicle Operators Services, DSA and PCV test centres, Traffic Area Offices, PCV training schools and direct from DVLA), together with the appropriate fee. Send to D.V.L.A in Swansea.
A provisional PCV licence should be returned within 10-14 days.
Provisional Licence Application
Like when you gain your car driving licence you will require a provisional licence. This can be ordered from the DVLA or provided by the company you choose to train you. There is two parts to the form. Part D2 and part D4. Itís also mandatory that you hold a valid British driving license as the basics of driven are not taught when training for your heavy goods vehicle licence.
Once you have received your provisional licence you can then book for the appropriate theory test.
The Theory Driving Test
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) offers online samples of driving tests for use by bus and coach drivers. You can use them to practise with as much as you want.
Online PCV theory practice test Ė one
Online PCV theory practice test Ė two
The Practical Driving Test
After passing the theory test you have to pass a Category D1(mini bus, with 9-16 passenger seats, capable of 50mph) test or Category D test. On passing these tests you can go on to take category D1+E test or D+E test. (You donít need to pass a D1 before taking a test in Category D).
Your PCV test will last about 90 minutes. During this time your examiner will want you to drive safely to a high standard under various road and traffic conditions. Youíll be given directions clearly and in good time and asked to carry out set exercises. The set exercises carried out at the test centre will include, reversing within a marked area into a restricted opening and a braking exercise.