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Medical for drivers offers PCV Medicals and PCV medicals to obtain the Cat D licence bus drivers. To be able to apply for category D driving licence in the UK you have to be 18 years old or over, and minimum of 1 year experience driving a car.

This used to be called PSV but the correct term is PCV stands for Personal Carrying Vehicles. Others call this process CPC which is competency professional certificate. Most people get confused between PCV and CPC, in simple words, PCV is part of a larger process called CPC.

The other difference between CPC and PCV is With PCV you can drive a bus on the road without passengers. With CPC you can drive a bus on the road with passengers.

One of the initial stages to become a bus driver is to pass your medicals and apply for provisional category D licence. Medical assessment for bus drivers must be carried out by a GMC registered doctor. The medical examination follows the DVLA standards in the DVLA D4 form.

Once you have obtained your CPC You must do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) to drive a lorry, bus, or coach.

For more information here are some useful links:

Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV) please click here.

Driver CPC training for qualified drivers CPC please click here.

Medical examination report for a lorry or bus driving licence (D4) please click here.

Assessing fitness to drive: a guide for medical professionals please click here.

Who needs D4 form?

DVLA require D4 for
  • All first applicants for a provisional group 2 bus driving licence.
  • Existing Lorry drivers at the age of 45 must take the bus driver’s medical examination and then every five years until the age of 65.
  • After 65, the bus driver’s medical assessment must be done every year.
A Group 2 licence is required for HGV/LGV, Bus, Minibus and PVC drivers (D1 category), Coach, Caravanes and Ambulance drivers (C1 category)
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