Category D (Bus Licence & Coach Licence)

PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) was formerly known as PSV (Passenger Service Vehicle). The Bus PCV Category D licence allow drivers who pass the PCV Category D Bus licence to drive any kind of buse or coach including single deckers, double decker buses and also bendi buses.

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Once you pass the PCV category D test, you will then obtain a category D entitlement on your driving licence, and will be able to drive any automatic bus. You will also recieve Category D1 (Minibus Licence), as PCV Category D supersedes the Category D1 minibus licence.

If you have a manual Category B licence (car licence), then you will only be required to take the test in an automatic vehicle, but will will be still be awarded a manual PCV Category D licence. You can still choose to take your PCV bus test in a manual vehicle or coach if you choose, but we believe all this does it make the test mor challenging and difficult for no reason.

PCV Category D Requirements

In order to attend any of our PCV Category D courses, you must be at least 17 years of age and have a full Category B licence (car licence).

Assuming you already have a Category B driving licence, your first step is attend and pass an PCV medical test (unless you have already completed a medical for an LGV licence). You should be available to arrange for your local GP to conduct this medical, and they will confirm what fee is applicable. You will need to take a D4 Medical Form (download here) with you to your medical, and the doctor will complete the form accordingly.

Once you have passed your PCV Medical Examination, you must then make an application to the DVLA for your Category D provisional licence. In order to make this application, you will need to complete a D2 Application Form, which can be obtained from your local post office, or can be ordered online from the DVLA here.

At this stage of applying for your Category D provisional licence it is also worth applying for Category D1 (PCV - Minibus) and Category C (Lorry), as currently there is no fee for applying for these provisional entitlements, and should you decide to progress onto any of these tests in the future, it will save you from having to re-apply for the provisional entitlement, and avoid incurring any possible future fees.

The final step you must complete before attending our PCV Category D training course is to sit and pass your PCV theory test, which can be booked online at the DVSA's website, or by calling the DVSA booking line on 0300 200 1122.

When booking your theory test you will need to book and pass both the PCV Multiple Choice (Module 1a) and PCV Hazard Perception (Module 1b) theory tests. It is also recommended that you book your PCV CPC Case Study (Module 2) at this stage, however it is not essential or required for you to pass this theory test before taking your practical training or PCV practical test. If you have previously already passed your PCV theory test in order to acquire a Category D1 licence, and are "upgrading" to Category D, then you will not be required to re-tak the PCV theory test again.

PCV Bus Courses In East London

Our LGV training courses in East London are probably the cheapest PCV training courses in London. We offer Cheap PCV Class 2courses in East London, which offer fantastic value for money, matched by a superb pass rate. Our Cheap Cat C LGV courses London, and Cheap LGV Training in East London, & all of Essex including LGV Training in Ilford, Romford, Dagenham, Chingford, Enfield, Wanstead, Walthamstow, Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Barking, Forest Gate, Manor Park, Stratford, Hackney, Dalston, and Tottenham.All our courses are very competatively priced, and we are probably the cheapest LGV training school in London, offering cheap LGV courses in East London.

We offer a range of Category B+E training courses to accomadte drivers with different levels of experience. All of our Category C courses are provided on a 1-2-1 basis, ensuring that you receive 100% of the instructors attention without the pressure of any other observers. It is this 1-2-1 lorry training by our qualified trainers which leads to our superb first time pass rate.

Our training days usually consist of 4 hours training per day, with all 4 hours being spent by you at the wheel, and not spent with unecessary "coffee breaks" or "lunch breaks" which many other schools use as a tactic to reduce your training time.

Many other schools will offer you an 8 hour training day, which may sound like good value on the face of it, but the 8 hour day is not on a 1-2-1 basis, and the driving time is shared with another pupil, meaning you spend half the time squeezed in a drivers cab waiting for your turn to drive and effectively wasting half your day. The other problem with the 8 hour days provided by other trailer training schools in East London is that many of theses training schools will introduce lunch breaks into this 8 hour day meaning that you are not receiving your full time driving/practicing that you are paying for. The combination of these problems is quite obvious as to why such schools do not have the same extensive pass rate as we pride ourselves on.

PCV Category D Training Courses

Our PCV bus training courses start off at 24 hours, and are aimed at people with no previous experience driving PCV's. The 24 hour PCV Course has been our most popular and successful PCV course, and has led to the highest pass rates. We also do offer 20 hour, 16 hour, and 12 hour PCV coach course's to match existing experience and to accommodate those people who may have some experience driving lorries in other countries or other large vehicles such as lorries.

Your course will typically be split up into 4 hours training per day, with your test being taken on the final day of your course, where you will receive 2 hours pre-test warm up training, followed by your Category D practical driving test for which 2 of your training hours will be allocated for.

Your training will consist of verbal and practical training for the following:

  • improving your general driving skills to make sure they are up to the DVSA " driving test standard"
  • showing you popular test routes you are likely to encounter as part of your driving test

  • teaching you about the reversing manoeuvre which you will be required to do as part of your practical test
  • teaching you the "show me / tell me" questions which will be asked at the beginning of your test

Our most successful courses are those within the 20 - 24 hour bracket, as these course's generally provide us enough time to adequately cover all the training points mentioned above. Obviously the shorter the course, the less in depth we can cover the training points above.

Please remeber when deciding which PCV training course would suit you best, that if you try to select a shorter trailer training course to try to save yourself money, you may not pass your PCV test first time, and may end up spending more money on re-tests than if you selected the most appropriate course for your skill level in the first place. If you are unsure about which PCV course would suit you best, then please contact our office where we will be more than happy to listen to the experience you have and help you make an appropriate choice.

As well as offering the very best PCV training in London, we are probably the cheapest PCV training school in London as well, offering the very best instruction, matched with unrivalled pass rates at unbeatable prices.

The PCV Category D Driving Test

The Category D driving test will be taken in the same vehicle in which you do your training in. The test starts off with the examiner asking you some vehicle safety questions, and is immeadiatly followed by the reversing excercise. You then proceed to spend the next 50 minutes - 1 hour driving on the public road, going over through the test routes you would have practiced during your training. During this time on the road the PCV examiner will assess your ability to interact with other road users along.

Once you have successfully passed your PCV Category D practical test, you will then obtain Category D and Category D1 on your driving licence which will entitle you to drive any bus, minibus or coach.

PCV Category D Training Prices

How do I book my Category D Course?

There are 3 ways that you can book yourself onto a Category D course:

  • You can book online
  • You can book over the phone by calling 020 8597 7333 or 0800 848 8418
  • You can come into our offices to pay cash. (If you would ike to take this option, please contact our office on 020 8597 7333 or 0800 848 8418 before making your journey, so that we can ensure someone will be present to greet you).

Please note, to book your Category D course you will first need to satisfy some basic requirements:

  • You must have both parts of your UK Full Driving Licence (photo card & matching counterpart) - if you have an EU licence you will need to complete a Form D9 and obtain a UK counter part before attending your course.
  • You must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 meters (the use of glasses is allowed)
  • Have read the Highway Code, and demonstrate a good knowledge of this and all other UK road traffic procedures at all times.

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