I have been tasked to sort out some Cat D / D1 licence courses and was pleased to find out that you can drive a minibus on a car licence. Before you doubt me have a look at the DVLA Minibus rules (thankyou to the bored WO2 who found this last night!). In short the rules are someone may drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats provided the following conditions are met: i. the vehicle is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body but not for hire or reward ii. the driver is aged 21 iii. the driver has held a car (category B) licence for at least 2 years iv. the driver is providing the service on a voluntary basis v. the minibus maximum weight is not more than 3.5 tonnes or 4.25 tonnes including any specialist equipment for the carriage of disabled passengers vi. if the driver is aged 70 or over, is able to meet the health standards for driving a D1 vehicle At last we could have Cpls', Sgts' and Offrs' Mess functions and have soldiers drive, we could send people out in a minibus without having their Tp/Pl SNCO driving while all of the crows are getting their fat heads down. Alas no. I discover the MoD will not support the change in rules (probably due to the first point about being for social purposes). Those personnel with 'grandfather' rights will continue to get clobbered for minibus driving tasks. I have always found it a little strange that we can get an 18 year old a Cat C+E licence and send them out on the open road in a DROPS train, CST, GST, Tk Tptr let alone armoured vehicles. That individual can drive a transit van on a Cat B licence. After driving a 4/6T for a year they will be eligible to drive a TCV with up to 20 passengers (I know it's less for the TCVES) yet we still can't let them drive a minibus, probably a transit, with windows and a damned site easier to drive than other vehicles!