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Minibus & MPV Hire Leeds

Can I hire a 17 seater minibus on my ordinary driving license?

Can I hire a 17 seater minibus on my ordinary driving license?

Want to hire a self-drive minibus for up to 17 people including the driver?

If you are 21 or older and have had a full driving license for at least 2 years then you can drive a minibus with a capacity of up to 17 seats, allowing for a driver and 16 passengers.

So the possession of a full UK driving license enables you to hire and drive a minibus, however, depending on the circumstances you may need to apply for a minibus license.

The UK government states that "you might be able to drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats using your current car driving licence as long as there’s no payment from or on behalf of the passengers (it’s not for ‘hire or reward’)."

So in the instance of hiring a minibus for a day trip for a group and everyone is contributing to the cost of the Minibus and you have a full license then notwithstanding being medically fit to drive then you fall into the category of:  

  • you’re driving on a voluntary basis and the minibus is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body
  • the maximum weight of the minibus is not more than 3.5 tonnes - or 4.25 tonnes including specialist equipment for disabled passengers, for example a wheelchair ramp
  • you’re not towing a trailer

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Minibuses and MPV's to hire throughout the city and suburbs of Leeds

Minibuses and MPV's to hire throughout the city and suburbs of Leeds

We hire 7 to 17 seat vehicles from a 5+2 MPV to a 17 seater minibus throughout the city of Leeds and the areas of Horsforth, Chapel Allerton, Beeston, Roundhay, Headingley, Alwoodley, Bramhope, Otley, Meanwood, West Leeds Village, Rodley, Calverley, Moortown, Pudsey, Guiseley, Adel, Oakwood, Northern Quarter, Holbeck, Kirkstall, Armley, Wharfedale, Harewood, Wetherby, Rawdon and more.

Our Leeds minibus and MPV hire service include the delivery of the rented minibus or MPV to your preferred address and collection of the vehicle at the end of the hire period. You can choose from 7 seater vehicles,9 seats, 12 seats,15 seats and 17 seats.
 

What is an MPV

What is an MPV

What exactly are you hiring if you hire an MPV?

The term MPV stands for Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) also sometimes called people carriers.
MPV's are about transporting five to seven people in safety and comfort and have room for luggage.

They have more headroom and more legroom than the typical saloon or estate car and similarly a higher ride which makes getting in and out of the vehicle easier.
They have storage compartments including some concealed in the floor and power outlets accessible to the rear seats.

Typically MPV's have a boxy silhouette, but it's all about being able to relax in a comfortable and spacious interior when on a journey.

How to check your UK driving license details

How to check your UK driving license details

Want to check your own UK Driving License details online?

If you need to check your own driving license you can go here and input:

  • your driving license number
  • your Nation Insurance (NI) number
  • the postcode on your driving license

NB: It must be the postcode on your license.

If you have moved to a different address and not updated your driving license details in the interim your new address postcode will not work and incidentally, there is a reference to getting fined if you don't keep it current, so don't dally, log in and update it if you need to, it only takes a few minutes.

You can view check which vehicles you can drive and your driving history to show check your penalty points applied to your driving license and also to create a license‘ check code’ to share your driving record details for instance if you want to hire a vehicle.

Can I hire a minibus on my ordinary full driving license?

Can I hire a minibus on my ordinary full driving license?

Want to hire a self-drive minibus for up to 17 people including the driver?

If you are 21 or older and have had a full driving license for at least 2 years then you can drive a minibus with a capacity of up to 17 seats, allowing for a driver and 16 passengers.

So the possession of a full UK driving license enables you to hire and drive a minibus, however, depending on the circumstances you may need to apply for a minibus license.

The UK government states that "you might be able to drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats using your current car driving licence as long as there’s no payment from or on behalf of the passengers (it’s not for ‘hire or reward’)."

So in the instance of hiring a minibus for a day trip for a group and everyone is contributing to the cost of the Minibus and you have a full license then notwithstanding being medically fit to drive then you fall into the category of:  

  • you’re driving on a voluntary basis and the minibus is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body
  • the maximum weight of the minibus is not more than 3.5 tonnes - or 4.25 tonnes including specialist equipment for disabled passengers, for example a wheelchair ramp
  • you’re not towing a trailer

Read more...

Vehicles you can drive based on the year you gained your license

Vehicles you can drive based on the year you gained your license

Depending on when you passed your test influences the vehicles you are eligible to drive

There was a big shift in entitlement to drive vehicles of 7.5 tonnes from January 1st, 1997 in the UK.

Driving licenses, issued from that date onwards (does not apply to replacement driving licenses) restricted the driver of a full driving license to drive vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes.

You can see a comparison of changes to entitlement over the years here

The following are the relevant dates:

  • Driving Licences issued between 1976 and 1986
  • Driving Licences issued between 1986 and June 1990
  • Driving Licences issued between June 1990 and December 1996
  • Driving Licences issued between January 1997 and 14 October 2012
  • Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) licences are also detailed.

Need to update your driving license details?

If you move address you are obliged to update your driving license details and you can do that here