Why train with 2Start?

  • On-sight reversing facilities.
  • Experienced D1 driving instructors.
  • On the road driver training.
  • Industry leading training vehicles.

D1 Bronze Package

From: £1,075.00

This package includes:

  • Three 3.5 hour driver training sessions over three days, encompassing on the road driving and the reversing manoeuvre.
  • A DVSA practical test on day 4, with 1.5 hours training before the test commences.

Additional Information

What can I drive with the D1 category on my licence?

By obtaining a D1 category on your licence you will be able to drive a minibus.  The DVSA define this as vehicles with:

  • no more than 16 passenger seats
  • a maximum length of 8 metres
  • a trailer up to 750kg

Once you have applied for a provisional licence, completed a medical, sat and passed your theory tests and completed your practical driver training and test, you will be legally able to drive a minibus.

D1 Removal of restriction

If you passed your category B car licence before 1st January 1997 you would benefit from acquired rights (also known as grandfather rights).  This means that you will already have the D1 entitlement added to your licence.  However, there is a restriction to this, called a 101 placed on the licence which means that you are not able to drive a D1 vehicle (minibus) for hire and reward (meaning for profit).  You can drive a minibus of up to 17 seats for private use but if you wish to drive a minibus for hire and reward, meaning you will be paid to drive the vehicle you will need to sit and pass the D1 minibus tests.

If you passed your car (B+E) test after January 1997 you will need to take the relevant tests to obtain the category D1 on your licence.

How do I obtain my D1 Licence?

If you passed your category B licence after January 1997 you would need to follow the steps below to obtain your category D1 licence:

  • Apply for the provisional entitlement using form D2, we can supply this to you or you can get one online from the DVSA here: Order DVLA forms – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • Apply for and attend a medical using the form D4, again we can help you to book this part of the process and help you with the forms.
  • Attend and pass the theory tests required.  There are 2 if you wish to drive a D1 vehicle privately.  If you want to drive a D1 vehicle (minibus) for hire and reward you will need to complete the third theory test which is the CPC Module 2 case study theory test.
  • Once you have passed your theory you are ready for your practical driver training. You will be taught by one of our highly skilled instructors.  You will learn how to drive the vehicle safely on the road and practice the manoeuvres required to pass the D1 DVSA practical test.
  • When you are ready you will then sit your DVSA practical driving test.
  • If you pass your D1 practical test and you wish you drive a minibus for hire and reward then you will need to take a further practical test which is the Module 4 CPC. This is a show me tell me practical where you are required to demonstrate your knowledge and ability on areas such as vehicle safety, securing loads and your ability to manage emergency situations.
Module 2 & Module 4 CPC

If you intend to drive a D1 vehicle (minibus) for hire and reward, for instance a private taxi you will need to ensure that you sit both module 2 and module 4 CPC.

Where can I complete my training?

You can attend one of our fully equipped depots based in Portsmouth, Southampton, Worthing and Reading.

Course Reviews

I have just completed my HGV Class 1 and John Hutchings did my final two days training. He is highly professional and knowledgeable. I am sure it was due to his training that I was successful . I would highly recommend John to anyone wishing to pass their training. I would also like to thank Jane from the Portsmouth branch for her excellent training that saw me through my HGV Class 2 back in September last year.


I done my CPC at the Worthing branch yesterday (23rd December 2020) and I am so pleased of the way the teaching was done. At age instructor was extremely helpful and did very well asking all students to know their knowledge on items before he talked about them. He also helped me when I made a simple silly mistake, he told me what I did wrong and showed me what how to do it correctly in my test. Which in total managed to get me to pass my MOD 4 CPC first time! I look forward to seeing you in February for my driving course and test


4 years ago. I passed my C1 with 2 Start. I had Robin as my instructor. He was very clear in his instruction and encouragement to help me achieve my pass certificate. Recently, I returned to 2 Start to obtain my C+E entitlement. I booked the training with Jack who was gracious enough to provide Robin as my instructor once again. Between Jack and Robin, They both made my training experience easy to apply myself to. So if you're looking for the Number 1 training provider, Look no further. Everyone on the 2 Start team are very friendly, professional and helpful. 10/10.


Why train with 2Start?

  • On-sight reversing facilities.
  • Experienced D1 driving instructors.
  • On the road driver training.
  • Industry leading training vehicles.