GCT provides D1 training courses at very attractive rates.

D1 Training with GCT - a step by step guide

1. Order application forms

Go online to https://forms.dft.gov.uk/order-dvla-forms/ and order D2/D4 Pack - Application for a driving licence for a lorry, minibus or bus.

 D2 is the application for provisional D1 entitlement.

 D4 is the medical examination report.

It takes 7-10 days for the forms to arrive in the post.

 

2. D2 application for provisional D1 entitlement

This form allows you to apply for a provisional D1 entitlement on your driving licence.

The completed form must be sent to DVLA with your licence (along with the completed D4 – see below).

There is no charge for the provisional D1 entitlement.

3. Medical examination

Candidates must pass a medical examination to prove they are fit to drive a minibus. This includes an eyesight assessment.

The DVLA form D4 has a section for the candidate to fill in and a section for the examining doctor to record the results of the examination.

The completed form D4 must be sent to DVLA (along with the completed D2 – see 2 above).

Your GP will probably charge for carrying out the medical examination. Charges vary but the average is around £90.

DVLA does not charge for processing the medical information.

 

4. Study for the tests

Before taking the practical test candidates must pass the theory and hazard perception tests:

Module 1a Multiple choice theory test (100 multiple choice questions on-screen. Pass is 85%.)

Module 1b Hazard perception test (19 Computer Generated Image videos showing developing hazards. Pass is 67%.)

(If you intend to drive professionally you will also need to pass the Driver CPC module 2).

The theory and hazard perception tests can be taken in any order and at different times.

However, you must pass both parts to pass the theory test. So it is a good idea to start studying for these tests as early as possible.

DVSA study materials for these tests are available in bookshops or online.

 

Recommended study materials:

The Official Highway Code

Know Your Traffic Signs

The Official DVSA Theory Test for Drivers of Large Vehicles (DVD-ROM)

The Official DVSA Guide to Hazard Perception (DVD-ROM)

The Official DVSA Guide to Driving Buses and Coaches

The Official DVSA Guide for Professional Bus and Coach Drivers

Note: other training materials are available but they are not official DVSA publications.

 

Before starting your study it may help to watch the ‘Driver CPC for Buses’ video on youtube.com/dvsagovuk

 

5. Book and sit your theory test

When you have received your provisional D1 entitlement (you cannot book a theory test without it) and are confident about taking the theory tests book your theory tests.

Visit www.gov.uk.

If you have special needs for the theory tests phone 0300 200 1122.

If you have hearing or speech difficulties and use a minicom machine phone 0300 200 1166.

 

To book the tests you will need:

- Your DVLA driving licence number

- An email address

- Credit or debit card details (Mastercard, Visa, Delta, Visa Electron)

If you book online you’ll be given a booking number and will receive an appointment email on the same day.

If you book by telephone and don’t provide an email address you’ll receive an appointment letter within 10 days.

 

Test charges

Module 1b Multiple choice theory test £26.00

Module 1b Hazard perception test £11.00

If you intend to drive professionally (Driver CPC module 2 £23.00)

 

The most accessible test centres for people living in Dumfries & Galloway are

Dumfries, Unit 3, 77-79 Whitesands, Dumfries, DG1 2RX

and

Ayr, 1st Floor, 7A Boswell Park, Ayr, KA7 1NP

 

Please be sure that you have the original of your signed photocard licence with you when you go to take the test.

If you don’t have your licence with you your test will be cancelled and you will lose your fee.

When you have passed both (or, if you intend to drive professionally, all three) theory tests you will be sent a pass letter by post. This contains the pass certificate number you will need for booking your practical test.

 

The pass certificate has a life of 2 years from the date you passed the first part of the theory test. You must take and pass the practical test within this two-year period or take and pass the theory test again before you can book another practical test.

 

6. Practical training (with GCT) and test (at a Government approved test centre)

Contact Galloway Community Transport (gct@catstrand.com, 01644 420374 or 07841 512449) to book your D1 test and training.

GCT will discuss with you your experience and availability.

GCT will then arrange a test date for you and contact you to arrange training day dates.

The training days can be arranged consecutively or with time between them.

We aim to be flexible about this to suit people’s availability and preferences.

Training is generally provided on a trainer to 2 trainees basis.

 

The course/test typically involves 2 full days training, a half day pre-test preparation and a half day for the test.

The cost of the 2.5 days training/ pre-test preparation is £360 (£300 plus VAT £60) per trainee, based on 2 trainees per course).

This includes the use of a GCT minibus.

If required, additional training can be provided (at additional cost) on an hourly, 1 to 1 basis.

 

The fee for the test is £115 (not included in the training fee).

Summary of the costs of obtaining D1 by test.

Medical examination £90.00 (approx.)

   The Official Highway Code £1.99 (approx.)

   Know Your Traffic Signs £4.29 (approx.)

   The Official DVSA Guide to Driving Buses and Coaches £12.99 (approx.)

   The Official DVSA Theory Test for Drivers of Large Vehicles £29.99 (approx.)

   The Official DVSA Guide to Hazard Perception (DVD-ROM) £13.50 (approx.)

Learning materials total £62.76 (approx.)

Multiple choice theory test £26.00

Hazard perception test £11.00

D1 driving training £360

D1 driving test £115

 

TOTAL          £664.76 (approx.)

Note: The exact cost of the medical exam and learning materials depends on where they are obtained.

 

GCT runs courses regularly.

For  course dates and booking please email gct@catstrand.com or call 01644 420374.

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