Ford Transit 2.4TDCi 17 seater

  • 2 front seat passenger seats
  • 14 read seat passengers
  • 2 axle rigid body
  • Vehicle type approval: M2
  • Wheelbase: 3750mm
  • Height: 2380mm (no roof rack)
  • Width: 2084 mm
  • Gross vehicle weight: 3500kg
  • Payload: 1300 kg

UK Driving Licence requirements for minibuses

Under certain circumstances, drivers without a full category D1 entitlement may drive a minibus within the UK provided that it is not being used for hire or reward (ie provided there’s no payment from or on behalf of the passengers).

Licences issued before January 1997

Drivers who passed their test before 1 January 1997 will usually hold a D1 101 (not for hire or reward) entitlement on their license. This allows them to drive a minibus under the permit scheme without additional conditions.

This entitlement will remain on the license until in expires when the driver reaches 70 years old, or it is removed by the DVLA (usually for health reasons).

Licenses issued after January 1997

If you passed your test after 1 January 1997, you will not automatically have a D1 101 entitlement on your license. To drive a minibus under the permit scheme, you will need to meet the following conditions:

  • You’ve held a license for 2 years
  • You’re aged 21 or over, but under 70
  • You’re not receiving payment or other consideration for driving, other than out-of-pocket expenses
  • You’re not towing a trailer
  • The vehicle’s Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) doesn’t exceed 3.5 tonnes, or 4.25 tonnes if the vehicle is adapted with specialist accessible equipment (e.g. a tail lift)