Most 16 & 17 seat Minibuses exceed the 3.5 ton weight limit (or up to 4.25 ton if wheelchair accessible) for vehicles that can be driven without a D1 licence. Our entire range of CanDrive Minibuses have been designed and manufactured to ensure that they fall within the weight threshold for being eligible to be driven on a standard car licence**.
Without these licence retrictions it is possible for most staff within not for profit organisations such as schools, volunteer groups and community transport organisations to drive the minibus. This will potentially save £1,000 per person in costly D1 licence training and the national pass rate is only 60%.
To explain, should you need to train 5 staff members per year over a 5 year period, the likely cost for this would be £25,000. Our CanDrive Light 17 seat 3.5 ton Minibus is available from as little as £22,995 (exclusive of VAT, delivery, road fund licence and first registration fee).
* this has been estimated based on the DSA test fee, the typical cost of a 2 day training course and the cost of replacing a member of staff over the period.
** drivers must be over 21 and have held a full valid driving licence for at least 2 years. The organisation must also be operating under a Section 19 permit.