Lloyds School of Motoring specialise in both minibus and bus driver training courses.
To maximise employment opportunities, we recommend that consideration is given to opting for the full bus licence.
Going the extra mile to assist
We will provide a step by step guide and hands on assistance, from the initial contact right through to test and beyond.
We understand how confusing obtaining your licence can seem and to help with the process we have prepared a starter pack, with all the relevant documentation. You are welcome to collect this from our office.
If you have any questions or concerns during the process we are always happy to help and assist. We take pride in going the extra mile for our customers.
The steps of the process include:
- completing a DLM1 form by passing a medical and eyesight test
- completing a basic Access NI check
- applying for a provisional licence in the relevant category using a DL2 form
- wait for the return of your provisional licence before theory and hazard perception tests can be booked
- meantime study for the tests – we stock all required official DVSA study material and offer theory tuition
- book and pass both tests at a Pearson Vue testing centre
Now you are ready for the practical road drive element, training and test.
Practical Training and Test
Minibus practical road drive training and test is delivered as a three or four-day course, depending on driver experience.
Bus practical road drive training and test is delivered as a five-day course.
A DVA examiner will conduct the test on the final day at either of the 2 main testing centres:
Accredited Centre & Instructors
The practical road drive training is conduct by our qualified, experienced and registered NVDIR instructors. We are the only driving school in Northern Ireland to have approved NVDIR instructors and carry centre accreditation.
Unlike car instructors, there is no legislation that requires bus instructors to hold any formal qualification. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that to ensure you receive the very best professional training you use a registered instructor.
Choosing a registered school not only ensures that you will receive quality training, but will also mean you are training at an establishment that carries correct insurance and complies with all current legislation.
Our instructors will tailor each individual student’s training to fully prepare for the DVA test.
Minibus Licence Holders with Acquired Rights (stated on licence: nfhr)
Please note that drivers with minibus D1 nfhr stated on their licence (Acquired Rights / Grandfather’s Rights) are not entitled to drive commercially “for hire or reward”. To drive a vehicle on behalf of an organisation which pays a wage or salary, it is necessary to complete the full course outlined above.
To drive a minibus or bus commercially (for hire or reward), Driver CPC will be required.
Drivers who passed either Categories D1 (Minibus) or D (Bus/Coach) tests after 10th September 2008 will need to complete both Driver CPC Modules 2 (Case Study) & Module 4 (Show and Tell).
Those who completed tests before 10th September 2008, are required to undertake 35 hours of Driver CPC Periodic Training.
On completion of Driver CPC, a Driver Qualification Card will be issued.
Digi / Tachograph Card
We stock the relevant form needed to apply for your card, allowing you to be workplace ready.