D1+E Minibus + Trailer


PCV training for a D1 + E Licence (Minibus or Caravan with Trailer)

The Academy is renowned across Northern Ireland as the leading provider of PCV training. Each of our courses is designed with the learner in mind and we strive to simplify the process of obtaining your desired licence.

Our expert team of fully certified driving instructors offer unrivalled support on your journey to securing your D1 + E licence. With us, you can be assured that you are receiving the best PCV training available in Northern Ireland.

Why choose the Academy for PCV training?

When it comes to driver training, The Academy is your stand-out choice, and for good reason.

Our driving instructors possess both the knowledge and the experience to help you become a confident and competent PCV driver. Their expertise is invaluable in guiding you through every aspect of your training, from the basics of driving a minibus, to driving whilst pulling a trailer.

PCV training for the public and private sector

As the largest PCV training provider in Northern Ireland, we are proud to serve customers across NI. We cater for both the public and private sectors, ensuring that we can deliver driver training solutions that will meet your requirements.

Our standing in the industry is a result of our commitment to high-quality training, and we are dedicated to maintaining first-class standards. Choosing The Academy for your PCV training ensures that you gain the right skills under our industry-leading guidance.

What is the D1 + E licence entitlement?

A D1 + E licence allows you to drive a minibus, that does not exceed more than 16 passenger seats and is no longer than 8 metres in length, with an attached tow trailer weighing over 750kg (a combined MAM weight that does not exceed 12,000kg)

Why consider obtaining a D1 + E licence?

A D1 + E licence ensures that you can make the most out of your existing D1 licence. This upgrade to your licence allows you to tow a trailer which can be a great benefit when driving a PCV vehicle. It is also useful for those seeking to enhance their driving skills and gain further employment opportunities.

How to obtain a D1 + E licence?

In order to gain a D1 + E licence you must have an existing D1 licence and be over the age of 18. You do not need to complete a theory test or hazard perception test for obtaining a D1 +E licence, nor undergo a medical.

The process for obtaining a D1 + E licence is a simple practical examination to demonstrate your driving ability. Once over 45, this licence will need renewed every 5 years.

What will the examination involve?

The D1 + E licence examination will include a number of checks in order to assess your knowledge and ability to drive a minibus or caravan with an attracted trailer. Our instructors will ensure that you know what to expect and feel confident in demonstrating your driving ability.

During the examination, you can expect to be evaluated on:

Reversing manoeuvres

Candidates will be required to demonstrate their ability to perform a reversing manoeuvre with an attached trailer. They will need to show their ability to execute the manoeuvre to a high standard, i.e.) checking blind spots, using assistive equipment if required, etc.

Uncouple and recouple the trailer

The off-road section of the test will also require the candidate to uncouple and recouple the tow trailer to the minibus/caravan, ensuring it is securely fastened and unlikely to come apart when driving.

Driving skills

The on-road component of the examination will take place on public roads. Candidates will need to demonstrate a high level of hazard perception, driving skills and awareness of the Highway Code.

D1 + E licence training course

The Academy provides an in-depth 2-day driving course to help you master the skills needed for obtaining a D1 + E licence. There is also an option to add on additional extras such as the Pass Protection Scheme if preferred. 

Price is available upon request. 

Depending on your driving objectives, there may be other PCV training packages available that are better suited to your needs. We recommend getting in touch with us to discuss your licence requirements and find the right solution for you.

Obtain your D1 + E licence

Renowned as the most extensive provider of driver PCV training programmes in Northern Ireland, The Academy is dedicated to offering an unrivalled service that best prepares you to obtain a D1 + E licence.

If you’re uncertain about your driver training needs, feel free to contact us. We’re here to provide you with open and honest recommendations, with professional insight.

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