Need a D1 licence or minibus driver training?

If you want to get behind the wheel of your school or commercial minibus, you will probably need to hold a D1 licence. As well as providing great value Minibus lease hire contracts for a range of vehicles, Bentley Walker are also a Fully Accredited provider of minibus driver training. Where possible, you will be able to complete your training course using your own vehicle, giving you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with its operation before taking it out on the roads. Training will also be conducted at your school to enable you to feel confident in your surroundings during the course.

Safety should be your first priority – particularly when you are providing school transport. This is why it is so important to ensure that every member of your team who plans to drive the minibus has all of the necessary qualifications. We can provide either individual training or group training for numerous members of your staff, depending on your requirements.

Bentley Walker work in association with Drive Alive UK Ltd – a Driver Risk Management company with nationwide coverage. All minibus driving instructors are highly trained former Police traffic officers who have the expertise required to give you the skills that you need to safely drive your minibus.

Gain the Hands-On Experience You Need

You can feel confident that your training is in safe hands with our expert team, as we have helped a wide variety of clients to gain their D1 licences in a few simple steps. We will help to ensure that you gain the practical, hands-on experience that you need to feel fully prepared for the roads.

We can arrange every aspect of your driver training, from the medical to the theory and practical tests, as well as your training programme. Rest assured that we will be there every step of the way to ensure that you can successfully gain your licence as quickly as possible.

Minibus Defensive Driving Programme

In addition to driver training, we also offer the Minibus Defensive Driving Programme. Although this is not a replacement for the D1 minibus licence, it can help to ensure that your drivers are prepared for the responsibility of carrying pupils.

This programme also helps to ensure your legal obligations under the prevailing ‘duty of care’ legislation.

This course includes both theory and practical experience covering the following:

  • Passenger safety
  • Defensive driving
  • Manual Handling
  • Legal Responsibilities

  • Health & Safety
  • Accident & Emergency procedures
  • Children in transit
  • Personal driver safety

Minibus Driver Training
Do I really need a D1 Licence?

Gaining a D1 license is expensive and inconvenient, involving formal examinations. There is however an alternative that means anyone with an ordinary driving licence can drive a minibus under a specific weight. These lightweight minibuses are called ‘Minibus Lite’ and are an affordable and versatile lightweight 17 seater minibus. With Minibus Lite, the driver just needs to undertake a relevant training course that we can arrange and advise on.

Interested in Minibus Lite?
Drive on an ordinary car licence!

Get on the road with Bentley Walker Minibus Leasing

Trust us for the best expertise, service & value
  • Enjoy the right minibus at the right price – we’re school and college specialists
  • Your minibus is vital – we’ll make sure it stays roadworthy and legal
  • Wherever you are located in the UK, we can help
  • Delivered to your door plus on-site servicing
  • Our support and aftercare makes all the difference
  • Plus we’re very easy to work with!

  • Just wanted to write and thank you for all the advice you gave us with our recent minibus leasing. We're very pleased to have taken delivery now.
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