PCV Practical Test Vehicles

The PCV Practical Test

What vehicles can I take my test in ?

All the vehicles used for categories D1, D1+E, D and D+E tests must be capable of 50mph.

The vehicle must be fitted with:

  • externally mounted nearside and offside mirrors including suitably positioned mirrors for the examiner to use
  • a seatbelt for the examiner or any person supervising the test
  • a tachograph
  • anti-lock braking (ABS)

Stretch limousines and prison vans based on a lorry chassis can’t be used for the category D test.

Rules for minibuses: sub-categories D1 and D1+E

Category D1 vehicles are minibuses, which are passenger carrying vehicles (PCVs):

  • with between 9 and 16 passenger seats
  • with a MAM of at least 4 tonnes
  • at least 5 metres in length

Category D1+E vehicles are D1 vehicles towing a closed box trailer:

  • with a MAM of at least 1.25 tonnes
  • at least 2 metres high
  • at least 2 metres wide

Rules for buses and coaches: categories D and D+E

Category D vehicles are buses and coaches, which are PCVs:

  • with more than 8 passenger seats
  • at least 10 metres long
  • at least 2.4 metres wide

Category D+E vehicles are category D vehicle towing a closed box trailer:

  • with a MAM of at least 1.25 tonnes
  • at least 2 metres high
  • at least 2 metres wide