Driving a Minibus in the UK ( Without a New Licence!)
Yes, it is true, you CAN drive a minibus on your normal car driving licence in the UK. There are, of course, certain rules you need to follow.
First up, you need to be over the age of 21 and have held your licence for at least 2 years. You cannot charge passengers for the journey, it must be purely for social and leisure purposes (as in, you cannot drive your minibus as a commercial enterprise!).
If you are over 70 years old, you will need to fit within the medical standards for “group two” vehicles, which is for lorries and buses. These are similar to the car driving medical tests, however they are slightly more strict.
The minibus you drive must not weigh more than 3.5 tonnes, or 4.25 tonnes if you have special equipment for disabilities such as wheelchair ramps etc.
You can also drive your minibus abroad if you wish, although you might need to double check with the licencing authority in the country you are travelling to, to make sure you won’t need a special licence.