Bus theory test

To become a bus driver prior to the practical driving test, you will have to pass the bus theory test and the hazard perception test. In order to be eligible for the bus licence you have to be over 18 years of age and hold a full car licence category B. You will need to add correct provisional entitlements to your licence before you can take your bus theory test and hazard perception test.   

You will need to select a certain type of driving licence entitlement depending on the ‘maximum authorised mass’ (MAM) of the vehicle you will be driving.  The MAM is calculated based on the vehicle weight and the maximum possible load. 

From www.theorytest.org, you can find the official DVSA bus theory test

What is in the bus theory test?

The Bus Theory test consists of 2 parts:

You need to pass both parts within 2 years in order to get bus theory test certificate. After you pass both parts, you will receive your theory test certificate, which is valid for two years from when the first part of the test was taken. This means you will have 2 years to pass your practical test starting from the date when the first part was taken. If you fail to do so, you will have to retake that part again.

If you fail either part of your bus theory test you will receive a letter with an explanation why you have failed. You are allowed to book another appointment for the theory test right away, but you cannot have the test for the period of the following 3 full working days.

In order to become a professional driver, you must get the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). When you qualify, you will receive a driver qualification card, which you must always carry with you when you are driving professionally.

Practise Bus theory test

What are the topics for the bus theory test?

See the topics for the bus theory test:

  • The Driver
  • Accidents
  • Environmental Issues
  • Documents
  • Restricted View
  • Vehicle Weights and Dimensions
  • Drivers' Hours and Rest Periods
  • Leaving the Vehicle
  • Road Signs
  • Carrying Passengers
  • The Road
  • Braking Systems
  • Vehicle Condition
  • Other Road Users