All the Necessary Information About the CAT D Licence

All the Necessary Information About the CAT D Licence

PSV (Passenger Service Vehicle) was the previous name for PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle). Drivers who pass the PCV CAT D licence exam are eligible to operate any type of bus or coach, including bendy buses, double-deckers and single-deckers.

You can operate any automatic bus after passing the PCV category D test and receiving a category D entitlement on your driver's licence. Since PCV Category D overrides the Category D1 minibus licence, you will also acquire a Category D1 licence (Minibus Licence).

You will only need to take the test in an automatic automobile if you currently hold a manual Category B licence, which is equivalent to a car licence. You will still receive a manual PCV CAT D licence, though. You may still opt to do your PCV bus test in a coach or manual car, but in our opinion, this just serves to increase the test's unnecessarily difficult nature.

PCV Licence Categories

The four PCV licence classifications are clearly described below.

Category D1:- Minibuses with a maximum of 16 seats, a maximum length of 8 metres, and trailers up to 750 kilogrammes are allowed.

Category D1+E:- This enables you to carry larger trailers while carrying out the same operations as a D1 above. It is crucial to remember that the weight of the trailer cannot exceed that of the car being towed, and the combined weight of the car and trailer cannot be greater than 12 tonnes.

Category D:- A category D licence is necessary for drivers of buses and coaches carrying up to sixteen passengers and 750 kilogrammes of trailers.

Category D+E:- This is the most advanced and last Cat D licence available. It permits you to drive a bus or coach that can seat more than 16 people and tow a caravan that weighs more than 750 kg.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PCV in the UK?

Operating a vehicle with more than 16 seats for passengers is permitted with a PCV D licence. You must pass the PCV driving exam, apply to the DVLA for the provisional right to drive a PCV D vehicle, and meet higher medical conditions in order to receive your licence.

In London, How Can I Obtain a PCV Licence?

Unless you have already passed the medical exam required for an LGV licence, you must apply to the DVSA after earning your Category B licence in order to add provisional entitlements to your licence so that you can learn to drive passenger carrying vehicles (PCVs).

What are the Best Practices for UK Bus Drivers?

Always scan the road as far ahead of you as possible to keep an eye out for any potential risks. Maintain a reasonable distance behind the vehicle in front of you to avoid sudden braking. When operating a vehicle, use caution and remember that buses and coaches are not the best places to undertake emergency movements as they are more difficult to execute.

What are the Meanings of LGV and PCV?

The acronym for Large Goods Vehicle is LGV. Conversely, PCV, or passenger carrying vehicles, is what they are called.

Can CPC and PCV be Compared?

No, PCV and CPC are not interchangeable. Prior to operating a passenger carrying vehicle, make sure you have a CPC card (PCV).