D1 Licence and Section 19 Permits
Can you legally drive a minibus?
Did you pass your test before 1 January 1997?
Drivers who passed their car test (referred to as category B entitlement) before 1 January 1997 were automatically given D1 entitlement on their licence to drive a minibus with 9 to 16 seats (17 seats to include the driver) assuming there’s no payment from or on behalf of the passengers (it’s not for ‘hire or reward’).
Did you pass your test after 1 January 1997?
You may also drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats using your current car driving licence as long as the following conditions apply:
Section 19 Permit
The following documents, published by the Dept of Transport, provide information regarding to Section 19 permits
Driver Licences and legalities of Minibus Lite
The summary document below outlines and summarises the driver licences and legalities of the Minibus Lite. There are links in this document to the attachments.