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PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) Licence

Knowing where to start with getting your PCV licence can be very confusing. The Ben Shaw Training Ltd training advisors will guide you every step of the way.

First, some basic rules and terminology:

  • PCV means Passenger Carrying Vehicle, which used to be called PSV (Public Service Vehicle). This changed in the 1990's when they stopped calling the different licences: Class I, II & III.
  • Licence Category D allows you to drive any rigid coach or bus.
  • Licence Category D+E allows you to drive any bus and trailer combination.
  • Simply, when it comes to PCV licence categories, D means rigid coach or bus, and E means trailer. The same applies for B+E (B is car, E is trailer). And again C+E (C is rigid lorry, E is trailer).
  • Now to confuse things a little, there is a 'Medium Passenger Vehicle' called D1 minibus licence (up to 16 passenger seats, which up until 1997 car drivers passing their car test got this given to them automatically, but not for hire or reward. As was the same with the B+E (Car & Trailer), and the C1 (7.5 tonne). But now you literally only get a car licence.
  • The Driver CPC - not to be confused with the 'Operator CPC' - is extra training for professional bus and lorry drivers who want to drive commercially. Basically there are two different PCV or LGV Driver CPC routes: The 'Initial Qualification' and the 'Periodic Training'. This topic is complicated and has a whole page devoted to itself. All you need to know here is that if you are planning on taking your PCV Cat. D test, and want to drive a coach or bus for a living, then it is far better to go down the Initial Qualification route. And it's best to decide this before you go for your PCV theory tests.