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0845 338 1898

Minibus Towing Training 


All drivers who passed a car test before 1 January 1997 will probably be entitled to tow trailers as long as the overall weight of the minibus and trailer does not exceed 8.5 tonnes. Drivers who passed a car test on or after 1 January 1997 can now drive a vehicle and trailer combination although some training is still suggested. However you do need to pass a D1+E for minibus towing.


We will not only ensure your general driving is up to test standard, but will make sure you know how to perform the additional requirements of towing a trailer. These are now completed as a seperate test and must be passed before taking the practical driving test.

  • Coupling and uncoupling the trailer
  • Reverse parking around cones (off road)

At the beginning of the test you will be asked 5 “Show me Tell me” questions. Each wrong answer will be marked as a minor driving fault, unless all 5 are wrong and then a serious driver fault is given. The test will last for approximately 1 hour during which all your general driving will be assessed.

All courses are designed to not only teach you how to tow a trailer but to bring your driving skills to the required DVSA standard to pass a test.  Our instructors are all government registered DVSA driving instructors and maintain the very highest of standards.


D1+E Licence Course

This course is designed for someone who is new to using a trailer and wants to pass the D1+E test. The D1 category is a minibus and the “+E” part is for a trailer. This training can start with a 4 hour introductory lesson which covers,

  • Vehicle familiarisation & reversing
  • Using mirrors & equipment
  • Vehicle checks
  • Coupling/Uncoupling
  • Basic manoeuvres

At the end of this session we will also give you a full explanation of what training you require, to pass the DVSA D1+E test.

The cost of this is £195.00.

Following initial training and assessment a recommendation will be made for one of the following. Due to the tests having to be taken on seperate days it is likely that a 4 day course is required.  

16hrs  Some experience but not taken a test for some time £1035.00
20hrs New to towing and some elements of driving need attention £1255.00

Please Note: If you want to take the minibus and trailer test, you can now do this without having to take a D1 test first. 


All you need to do is call us on 0845 338 1898, you can also email using the form to the right with the dates you'd like and the following information,


Date of birth,
Driving licence number,


"Very good training. Brian was thorough and reassuring as I was very nervous! Thank you very much"

"I believe this to be a very good means of refreshing things I already knew, and also teaching new skills. The tutors were very polite and informative and answered any questions I had without hesitation. "

"Really enjoyable throughout, felt at ease and the whole session was well-taught and delivered at a steady pace. "

"Having never driven a bigger vehicle than a car, Chris was excellent in advice, supporting and guiding when the practical element came into play. "

"Given confidence with advice and visual representation. Learnt new things about driving and possible problems. Great course, instructor very calm and I learnt a lot."

"Huge thank you to you and especially Mick who was amazing can you please pass on my thanks to him for being a great teacher"

"Excellent course, very knowledgable and fair instructor. Comments and feedback were useful and experience of being an instructor was clearly evident. "

"Very good training experience. Chris created a good open learning environment and was very considerate of all speeds of learning and abilities."

"Well organised and presented, clear and patient instructions"

"Training was great, learnt loads. Made me more aware of my driving and how I could improve."

"Very good, informative and fun training. Mark was excellent."

"The trainer made us all feel relaxed, coped well with any issues that arose. By the end of the training I started to feel confident that I could overcome my worries. "

"Really enjoyable and informative course, feel confident taking residents out on adventures. Thank you Chris "

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Contact Information

Minibus Training and Safety Ltd
Unit 25
Broadfields Farm
Dunmow Road
CM77 6SA
Telephone: 0845 338 1898
Email: info@minibustrainingandsafety.co.uk