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Old 14.07.2011, 16:00
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D1 Category License - Test difficulty

Hi all,

Some friends and I were thinking of taking a trip to Italy later in the year. Since there are likely to be 12+ of us, we thought it may be an idea to hire a minibus, as it is likely to be the cheapest solution.

It seems in order to drive more than 8 people though, you need a D1 license.

Has anyone got this? How tricky was the test? I believe that since we all have car licenses, we wouldn't have to re-do theory, first aid etc. Is it something that would really require a few lessons before a test?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 14.07.2011, 18:49
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Re: D1 Category License - Test difficulty

Check out this link for explanation of D1.
http://www.lcts.org.uk/d1licence.htm

Have fun in Italy.
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Old 14.07.2011, 18:59
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Re: D1 Category License - Test difficulty

Prob not useful to you, but I have, I carried over from my UK driving license, it was one of the basic categories you got. I had to do a medical and get the doctor to sign a form, that was it.
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Re: D1 Category License - Test difficulty

Just checked my licence and surprisingly I have D1 & D1E (apparently I'm good for a trailer behind the minibus as well), but didn't need to do a medical. The only thing I gave up on coming here was driving a 7.5 ton truck - there I would've had to do a medical and having never driven one I didn't think it was worth it. This was just from a standard uk test.

StirB - did you pass your test in the uk? If so I don't understand why you don't have this already.
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Just checked my licence and surprisingly I have D1 & D1E (apparently I'm good for a trailer behind the minibus as well), but didn't need to do a medical. The only thing I gave up on coming here was driving a 7.5 ton truck - there I would've had to do a medical and having never driven one I didn't think it was worth it. This was just from a standard uk test.

StirB - did you pass your test in the uk? If so I don't understand why you don't have this already.
I passed my test in the UK and only have B
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Hmm, when did you pass your test? Mine was in 88. I'm guessing that might have some bearing on it.
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Hmm, when did you pass your test? Mine was in 88. I'm guessing that might have some bearing on it.
2005 I had B1 as well I'm sure but the Swiss stole that
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Re: D1 Category License - Test difficulty

Just had a quick google around and it appears that if you passed your test in the uk before 1997 you automatically gained the right to drive all manner of dangerous contraptions and combinations thereof. After 1997 you get to drive pretty much what you got tested in.

Oh and as for the B1, don't worry about it. The B1 is not issued anymore as the B covers all vehicle groups in B1 such as quads, trikes, milk floats, and Robin Reliants.

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StirB, would it not be possible to hire two 8 seaters and do the trip convoy style. It may work out cheaper than having to do the D1 test given the prices here.
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Just had a quick google around and it appears that if you passed your test in the uk before 1997 you automatically gained the right to drive all manner of dangerous contraptions and combinations thereof. After 1997 you get to drive pretty much what you got tested in.

Oh and as for the B1, don't worry about it. The B1 is not issued anymore as the B covers all vehicle groups in B1 such as quads, trikes, milk floats, and Robin Reliants.

Ok back on topic.

StirB, would it not be possible to hire two 8 seaters and do the trip convoy style. It may work out cheaper than having to do the D1 test given the prices here.
I think that would be the best plan, just thought it would be good craic to get everyone in one bus. No worries. Sadly I did my test in 2000 I think, so just a bit too late!
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Re: D1 Category License - Test difficulty

I got all these too on my UK license, and when I went to convert my license to a Swiss one, to keep these I needed a medical and an assertation from Bern that I wasn't a criminal.

While I was on the medical they found that for the first time that my blood pressure was slightly higher than the norm, which was a big surprise as it has always been fine. Anyway, several checkups later, and after a course of treatment and the purchase of a blood pressure monitor it is back to normal levels.

Therefore retaining my license has cost me about 1000 francs so far!
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I think that would be the best plan, just thought it would be good craic to get everyone in one bus. No worries. Sadly I did my test in 2000 I think, so just a bit too late!
I'm sure you've though of this but has anyone else going on your trip have the correct bits on their licence (ideally two people of course)?
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Re: D1 Category License - Test difficulty

Remember that the UK one is D1 (101), not for hire or reward. The latter is, I believe, interpreted quite strictly in mainland Europe in general, might even prevent you taking fuel money. Worth checking, perhaps with the local police.
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I'm sure we'll find some way to reimburse, should this be the case.
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Re: D1 Category License - Test difficulty

The whole "hire and reward" thing is pretty much clear in all countries including the UK; the key word is "consideration", i.e. will you be getting any personal advantage out of it, be that in cash or any sort of "payment in kind".

Cost-sharing where you also pick up your proportion of the hire and fuel costs is perfectly legal; the others covering "your share" is not. And the reason for getting that nice bottle of Scotch a few weeks after the trip? Well, who knows?!?!?
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