Driver Training Academy
Head of training Dave Hiett has been in the industry of training and transport for 40 years. He has a wealth of knowledge which he is more than happy to pass onto the trainees.
Before you can train to become a PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) driver you must normally be aged over aged 18 and hold a full car licence (Category B entitlement)
Take a look at this check list to see which vehicle categories you can drive
APPLYING FOR A BUS PROVISIONAL ENTITLEMENT
Before applying for a bus provisional entitlement, you will need to complete a D2 & D4 form (medical). These are also available from Berrys Coaches office or the Post Office.
Once completed, these will need to be sent to the DVLA, applying for a provisional category D.
The medical is the only cost to you
When your licence is returned you need to contact us.
BUS THEORY TEST
The theory test is made up of 2 parts - multiple choice and hazard perception. You can book the test online. It doesn't matter which one you take first, but you need to pass both within 2 years of each other to get the theory test certificate.
After passing the theory tests
You'll get a pass letter with the results for the part of the theory test you've taken. When you've passed both parts, you'll get sent your theory test certificate with your theory test number on it. You'll need the theory test number when you book your practical test. Your theory test certificate is valid for 2 years from when you passed the first part of the test. If you don't take your practical test within 2 years of passing the first part of the test, you'll have to retake that part again.
NOT PASSED YOUR THEORY, HAZARD PERCEPTION AND CASE STUDIES YET?
Don't worry! Before you do anything or spend any money, please make contact with us first. We can guide you to where your study materials can be found or purchased. We only recommed official Driving Standards Agency publications and can direct you to where these can be purchased online. We can provide support during your studies, so please get in touch with us to discuss your needs.
WHEN YOU ATTEND OUR ACADEMY
To achieve your ambition of becoming a professional PCV driver, we will do everything we can to provide you with the best possible training, appropriate resources and support to help you prepare for the PCV Driving Test. We hope you will already passed your Module 1 (theory test and hazard perception) and Module 2 (case studies) because we can then set in motion the training course to help prepare you for the Module 3 (practival driving) test. Of course, you will be able to speak with your trainer at any time to discuss the additional training and preparation you need to pass the Module 4 (practical demonstration) test.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REACH TEST STANDARD?
Typically, Module 3 (practical driving) trainging takes between 20 and 25 hours to complete. However, we recognise that people learn new skills at different rates. The standard requires to pass the PCV driving test is high. After all, you will be carrying passengers who will be relying on you to deliver them safely to their destinations. Also, the vehicles you will be licensed to drive require extensive knowledge, skill and responsibility to be driven safely.
When you reach the standard set in the 'Official DSA Guide to Driving Buses and Coaches' - not before - you may apply for your practical test with the agreement of your trainer. You must be driving consistently well, with confidence, be in complete control and driving without assistance and guidance from your trainer. Your trainer reserves the right to postpone yout PCV Driving Test if he feels you are not ready.
We look forward to working with you.
BUS PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST
Your practical test will last about 90 minutes and include
- vehicle safety questions
- Practical road driving
- Off-road exercise
PRACTICAL ROAD DRIVING
During you practical road driving, the examiner will see how you:
- Use the vehicles controls
- Move away at an angle, uphill and downhill
- Do a braking test
- Use the mirrors
- Give appropriate signals
- Show awareness and anticipation of other road users interntions
- Manage your progress and controll your vehicle speed
- Deal with hazards
- Select a safe place to stop
There will also be 10 minutes of independant driving, deigned to test your ability to drive safely while making independant decisions.
The off-road exercises will include:
- an 'S' shaped reverse into a bay
After you've taken the practical test, your examiner will tell you if you've passed and explain how you did. If you fail, you have to wait 3 clear working days before you can take the test again.
DRINK AND DRUGS
You must not drive whilst under the influence of alcohol. Be aware that alcohol may remain in the body for around 24-48 hours. Your ability to react quickly may be reduces, and the effects will still be evident the next morning. Berrys Coaches (Taunton) Limited operate a random drink/drug testing policy. Drivers who fail such tests face instant dismissal from employment and/or trainin courses.
You must not take any banned substances whilst driving. Unlike alcohol, many of the effects of drugs will remain in the body for up to 72 hours. Off the shelf remedies can cause drowziness. Read the labels carefully and advise your trainer if you are taking such remedies or prescription medicines. If in doubt consult a doctor or pharmacist.
If you choose to join our academy we will do everything we can to make your time with us enjoyable and beneficial to you. However, we expect you to actively participate in all elements of the training , expect your prompt attendance at every session and act in a positive and professional manner during you engagement with Berrys Coaches Driving Academy, a division of Berrys Coaches (Taunton) Limited.
We will pay for all tests and train you to the best of our ability.
You will need to pass Module 1 & Module 2 before you join the academy on a driving course.