Leave plenty of time if you need to rent a minibus
If you need to rent a minibus, particularly if you need a 17-seater, please be aware that they are in very short supply.
Since the DVLA changed the rules in 1997, when the 17-seater category DI was removed from the standard driver’s licence, drivers have been required to take a minibus test, so anyone whose licence was issued after that year will no longer automatically be able to drive one.
If, however, you have an older licence that is still valid it will still include the DI category and you can still hire and drive one.
Since 1997 almost all of the larger rental companies have ceased to hold these larger minibuses, but some local independents, like Robertsons, still offer them.
However, demand for all sizes of minibus is always high, not only for private groups but for organisations like schools, colleges, the police and businesses needing to transport groups of people for a variety of purposes. Drivers of school or college parties have to have done the minibus test and have DI category on their licences.
We always do a pre-rental DVLA check, so we will need the licence numbers of any proposed minibus driver to do this.
If you belong to a club, group or other organisation that has a trip planned, please give us as much notice as possible.
We never like to let people down, but the lack of availability of minibuses is becoming a serious issue.