PCV / PSV Training
Why HGV Express?
Both bus and coach driver training come under the PCV licence, previously known as PSV. Becoming a professional Passenger Carrying Vehicle driver in the UK is a great way to gain a stable life long, recession proof and lucrative career.
We provide all the PCV training materials, advice and support you need to get started as a professional driver. With information on which PCV course to go on, and where, to getting accredited and attaining your first job, we`ll be there to organise, support and advise you every step of the way.
What are the benefits?
There has never been a better time to obtain your PCV Driving Licence. There is currently a large demand for Passenger Carrying Vehicle drivers, meaning salaries have reached an all-time high as companies across the nation compete for available drivers. A new driver can earn more than ever before with starting salaries higher than many other jobs.
Which licence do I need?
You will need a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) Operator’s Licence if your vehicle is able to carry passengers by road in return for any kind of payment.
If a career as a bus or coach (PCV) driver appeals to you, you might want to consider getting a licence first. This is a necessary requirement in the UK for anyone who is driving or wants to drive a passenger carrying vehicle.
- PCV D1 Minibus – the minibus maximum weight is no more than 3.5 tonnes (excluding any specialist equipment for the carriage of passengers with disabilities) or 4.25 tonnes otherwise.
- PCV D1 + E (including driver) and trailer over 750kg.
- PCV D Single or Double Decker Buses, Coaches (including Bendy Buses) with Automatic and Manual has an unladen weight not exceeding 10.2 tonnes and is operated by the holder of a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) Operator’s Licence.
- Drivers of exempted passenger carrying vehicles and any vehicle which weighs more than 7.5 tonnes can be driven from the age of 21 years.
To obtain a driving licence for a bus or coach, you will need a medical examination to ensure that you are fit to drive. The safety of your passengers, other road users and yourself is always of the utmost importance.
Provisional Licence Application
Just like when you gain your car driving licence, you will first require a provisional licence. This can be ordered from the DVLA or provided by the company you choose to train with. There are two parts to the form – Part D2 and part D4. It’s also mandatory for drivers to hold a valid British driving licence as the basics of driving are not taught when training for your heavy goods vehicle licence.
The Theory Driving Test
The theory test consists of multiple choice questions, as well as a separate hazard perception test. You will be asked 100 questions in 115 minutes and have the chance to flag any questions you’d like to come back to later. In order to pass, you will need to score 85 marks or higher. The hazard perception test consists of 19 video clips featuring every day road scenes – each clip lasts approximately 1 minute and the pass mark is 67%. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) offers online samples of driving tests for the use of bus and coach drivers, which you can use to practise as much as you like.
The Practical Driving Test
Your PCV practical driving test will last about 90 minutes. During this time your examiner will want you to drive safely to a high standard under various road and traffic conditions. You’ll be given directions clearly and in good time, and asked to carry out set exercises. The set exercises carried out at the test centre will include reversing within a marked area into a restricted opening as well as a braking exercise.