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PCV D1 Minibus

Hampshire and Berkshire

PCV D1 Training, Southampton and Newbury

Established in Southampton in 2005, we have a proven track record and the experience to ensure you receive top quality training by our dedicated, industry experienced instructors. Our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will guide you throughout your training from making the initial enquiry, undertaking your medical and theory tests, to taking your PCV D1 driving test.

Why Choose Us?

  • High Pass Rates

  • As Seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 5

  • Guaranteed HGV Job Interview

  • Modern Automatic HGV Training Vehicles

  • 1:1 Training

  • Fully Managed Process, Start to Finish

  • We Are Not A HGV Training Broker

  • 100`s Of Excellent Reviews Across Google and Facebook

1. How many hours training per day are you actually getting?

Watch out for “it’s a 5 day course”! Which could turn out to just be 3 hours training per day, often not enough to get you to the test standard. We make it clear to you exactly what days and how many hours per day you will be getting. We always charge by the hour, so we can tailor the 1:1 course specifically to you.

2. Training school or Middleman “Broker”?

HGV Training Brokers are middlemen, who will take your money and then book you with an actual training school making a profit by booking you reduced hours or charging an inflated price. In the last 3 years alone, there have been 2 high profile cases of 2 large brokers liquidating, “HGV Training Group” and “Specialised Training”. There are countless cases of this happening over the years and it can happen at any time, as they own no vehicles, they can just pack up their sales office and disappear, taking thousands of your hard earned cash with them. Always protect yourself by booking directly with a local training school.

It can be difficult to know if you’re booking with a training school, or training broker. The best ways to tell the difference are:

• Watch out for companies that claim to cover the whole of the UK. Some claim to have 50, 60 or even 100 training centres. There is no such thing as a HGV training school with branches in that many locations.
• They will refuse to allow site visits or make excuses. A real training school like ourselves will welcome you popping in for a chat and have a look at the vehicles. A Broker doesn’t have vehicles, so will make excuses not to allow this.
• You will be pressure sold on the phone and constantly phoned back, as they will work on commission. Our training advisors are there to provide friendly accurate licencing and course information, not be pushy and pressure you to give card details over the phone.

3. How long will you be waiting for the practical training element of your package?

Due to a DVSA test shortage, combined with the Government’s HGV Bootcamp Scheme, many schools are looking at a 5/6 month wait time for courses. We decided not to get involved in the (now closed for entry to drivers) Bootcamp scheme as it had very strict eligibility and we wanted to be fair to both the majority of the general population who weren’t eligible and our loyal business customers, by keeping an average just 1-2 month wait time. We can also pre-book suitable course dates for you, early in your package process with us, to ensure you get the dates that work with your schedule and time-frames best.

D1 Courses and Packages

PCV D1 - SILVER

D2 and D4 Forms with pre addressed envelope

PCV Medical booked for you

Access for 90 days to the professional PCV Multiple Choice and Hazard Perception revision site

Hazard Perception and Multilple choice theory tests booked for you

12 Hour D1 Course including 3a & 3b tests

Get in touch for a tailored quote, Call 0345 260 2508

PCV D1 - GOLD

D2 and D4 Forms with pre addressed envelope

PCV Medical booked for you

Access for 90 days to the professional PCV Multiple Choice, Hazard Perception and CPC revision site

Hazard Perception, Multiple-choice and CPC theory tests booked for you

12 Hour D1 Course including 3a & 3b tests

Module 4 Training and test towards your initial CPC

Get in touch for a tailored quote, Call 0345 260 2508

PCV D1+E - ULTIMATE

D2 and D4 Forms with pre addressed envelope

PCV Medical booked for you

Access for 90 days to the professional PCV Multiple Choice, Hazard Perception and CPC revision site

Hazard Perception, Multiple-choice and CPC theory tests booked for you

12 Hour D1+E Course including 3a & 3b tests

Module 4 Training and test towards your initial CPC

Get in touch for a tailored quote, Call 0345 260 2508

PCV D1 Assessment.

This is a course option to find out how long a course you will need. It is also an opportunity to try the vehicle you will be using for your course and meet some of our instructors.

Location: Southampton and Newbury
Age: 18+
Course requirements: Hold a valid PCV D1 provisional licence
Course length: 45 to 60 minutes. 
Prices: Call for details

PCV D1 licence Acquisition.

Location: Southampton and Newbury
Age: 18+
Course requirements: Hold a valid provisional PCV D1 licence
Course length: Dependant on ability
Prices: Call for details

PCV D1 Refresher.

You may already hold the PCV D1 licence through acquired rights, or passed your test some time ago and just need that extra training for your ambulance assessment drive. Then this course is for you. We can structure your course to your requirements.

Course: PCV D1 refresher course
Location: Southampton and Newbury
Age: 18+
Course requirements: Hold a valid PCV D1 provisional licence
Course length: dependent on your requirements. 
Prices: Call for details

About the PCV Tests

The theory multiply choice theory test is currently £26. 

You must pass both parts, 1a multiply choice, and part 1b hazard perception, to pass the theory part of the test.

You have 1 hour and 55 minutes to answer 100 multiple-choice questions.

Before the test starts you’ll get:

instructions on how the test works the chance to do some practice questions to get used to the screens.

A question and several possible answers appear on a screen. You have to select the right answer.

The pass mark for this part is 85 out of 100 questions.

Leaving a question, You can ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later.

Changing your answers, You can go back to any question to review and change your answer at any point.

When you’ve finished, You can finish the multiple-choice questions part when you’ve answered all of the questions. 

You do not have to use the full 1 hour and 55 minutes.

This test is currently £11.

Before you start the hazard perception test, you’ll be shown a video about how it works.

You’ll then watch 19 video clips.

The clips: feature everyday road scenes, contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ - but one of the clips features 2 developing hazards.
You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen.

What a ‘developing hazard’ 
A developing hazard is something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.

Example
A car is parked at the side of the road and is not doing anything. It would not cause you to take action, so it’s not a developing hazard.

When you get closer, the car’s right-hand indicator starts to flash and it starts to move away. You’d need to slow down, so it’s now a developing hazard.

How the scoring works
You can score up to 5 points for each developing hazard.

To get a high score, click the mouse as soon as you see the hazard starting to develop.

You do not lose points if you click and get it wrong. However, you will not score anything if you click continuously or in a pattern.

You only get one attempt at each clip. You cannot review or change your responses.

The pass mark for this part is 67 out of 100.

Your test result
You’ll be given a letter at the test centre with the results for the part of the theory test you’ve just taken.

When you’ve passed both parts, your theory test certificate will be posted to you. You need this when you book your Driver CPC part 3 driving test.

IMPORTANT. Your theory test certificate is valid for 2 years from when you passed the first part of the test.

You need to pass the Driver CPC part 3 driving test within 2 years, otherwise you’ll have to pass the part 1 theory test again.

If you fail the theory tests
You’ll get a results letter with feedback telling you why you’ve failed.

You can book another theory test straight away, but you cannot take it for another 3 clear working days.

This test is currently £23.

(IMPORTANT. You will not need to take and pass the driver CPC case studies and practical demonstration tests If driving is not the main part of your job or the vehicle is exempt.

For example if you: want to carry passengers or goods for personal use and not commercially
only drive for certain tasks, like taking the vehicle to test centres
drive as part of your job, but it is not the main part of your job
You also do not need the full Driver CPC if the vehicle you’re driving is either:

limited to 28mph
being used by services like the armed forces or the police).

You can book the part 2 case studies test of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) as soon as you’ve got your provisional licence. You do not need to have passed the Driver CPC part 1 theory test.

If you’re requalifying as a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) or bus driver by taking parts 2 and 4 of the test, you cannot book your test online. You have to book by phone instead.

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency customer services
Telephone: 0300 200 1122 (choose option 01)
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

How the test works

The test is made up of 7 case studies you work through on a computer. The case studies are short stories based on situations that you’re likely to come across in your working life.

You’ll be asked between 6 and 8 multiple-choice questions on each case study.

The test lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes, and the pass mark is 40 out of 50.

Your test result
You’ll get a letter with the results at the test centre.

You need the test pass reference number when you book your Driver CPC part 4 practical demonstration test.

IMPORTANT. The pass letter is valid for 2 years.

You need to pass the Driver CPC part 4 practical demonstration test within 2 years, otherwise you’ll have to pass the part 2 case studies test again.

If you fail the test
You’ll get a result letter with feedback telling you why you’ve failed.

You can book another case studies test straight away, but you cannot take it for another 3 clear working days.(

The off road reversing exercise is now done as a separate test from the on road drive. 

The uncoupling and coupling exercise is also carried out as part of this test if you are taking a test with a trailer.

This test is currently £115 weekdays and £141 weekends.

How the test works
Your practical test will last about 1 hour and 30 minutes and includes:

vehicle safety questions
practical road driving
off-road exercises

Please note. From the 15 Nov 21, the reversing exercise and uncoupling will be carried out separately to the driving part of the test.

Vehicle safety questions
During your test you’ll be asked vehicle safety questions on either:

lorries, buses and coaches
lorries, buses and coaches towing trailers.

Practical road driving
During your practical road driving, the examiner will see how you:

use the vehicle controls
move away at an angle, uphill and downhill
do a controlled stop
use the mirrors
give appropriate signals
show awareness and anticipation of other road users’ intentions
manage your progress and control your vehicle speed
deal with hazards
select a safe place to stop.

There will also be 10 minutes of independent driving, designed to test your ability to drive safely while making independent decisions.

Off-road exercises
The off-road exercises will include:

an ‘S’ shaped reverse into a bay
showing the uncoupling and recoupling procedure if you’re taking a test with a trailer
During the test
You can carry on if you make a mistake during your driving test.

If you make a mistake which means you’ve failed, your driving examiner will direct you back to the driving test centre. The test will end early.

Test result
After you’ve taken the practical test your examiner will tell you if you’ve passed and explain how you did.

You’ll pass your test if you make:

15 or fewer driving faults
no serious or dangerous faults
If you fail, you can book another driving test straight away, but you cannot take it for another 3 clear working days.

This test is currently £55 weekdays and £63 weekends.

How the test works
You’re tested on being able to:

load the vehicle following safety rules and to keep it secure
stop trafficking in illegal immigrants
assess emergency situations
reduce physical risks to yourself or others
do a walkaround vehicle safety check
The test is made up of 5 topics from the Driver CPC syllabus. You can score up to 20 points for each topic.

To pass you have to score at least 15 out of 20 in each topic area and have an overall score of at least 80 out of 100.

Test result
At the end of your test the examiner will tell you if you’ve passed.

If you fail, you can book another driving test straight away, but you cannot take it for another 3 clear working days.

You may want to take some other related qualifications, for example, driver CPC, ADR or HIAB.

Taking the driving test is only the first step of your new career. We are here to support you through out your career and provide you with any continuation training you may need, for example keeping your driver CPC up to date.

Call us for a free quote

0345 260 2508

Call us if you have any questions, we are happy to help