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Spreading the costs of D1 driver training

Castle Minibus is aware that the costs of training may be a deterrent to some schools, who in turn may be tempted to opt for the ‘lightweight’ minibus option and therefore avoid the need for D1 licence training all together. However, as we explain on our Lightweight Minibuses page, this could leave the school, driver and passengers at un-necessary risk of accident, or prosecution in the event of an incident.

We have therefore devised two training packages with corresponding cost options, to help schools cover the costs of D1 driver training for the safest possible option of school transportation.

Both packages include the added bonus of compliance and refresher courses.

£199.00 plus VAT per month for the following

  • One member of staff trained for the D1 licence
  • One place on Castle's Minibus Complicance Course
  • Driver refresher course for up to five members of staff (as required to stay compliant with your section 19)
OR

£299.00 plus VAT per month for the following

  • Two members of staff trained together for the D1 licence
  • One place on Castle's Minibus Complicance Course
  • Driver refresher course for up to five members of staff (as required to stay compliant with your section 19)

The Castle D1 driver training method

Castle Minibus has been training school minibus drivers since 2013, and today, 1 in 10 people take their UK D1 test with Castle.

Our specialist knowledge and skills are passed on to candidates with time spent within a classroom setting working on the theory of safe driving and time spent in the minibus getting practical experience. All elements of the D1 driver training are covered in the cost of the package you choose.

Training

One to one training, in a Castle minibus

Theory training

Online training, with a designated Castle driver trainer for continued support

Walk around

Show and tell walk around of the minibus, followed by a basic question and answer session

Health check

Licence check and eye sight check (GP health checks and vision testing must be done at your own cost and be up to date before your test)

Driver assessment

Setting directives for the rest of the practical training

Pass your D1 licence test

Our statistics for pass rates beat the national average, year after year. Our specialist minibus driver trainers are highly skilled and all posses a great deal of patience!

For your D1 minibus licence, we provide a complete solution; arranging the theory and practical tests as well as the comprehensive minibus training programme. All you have to do is book your medical and we do the rest.

Castle Minibus driver trainers will visit your school, academy, college or place of work with one of our own minibuses, saving you the time spent travelling and accruing expenses.

We understand how precious time is in the education sector, so we will come at a time convenient to you, in or outside of the school term.

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To discuss your needs for D1 driver training call one of our team on 01869 253744 or email us

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