Can I drive a 9 seater car in Spain?

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Found 7th Apr 2016
Am I able to drive a car with 9 seats in Spain on my normal uk driving license. I am 23 and it's for pleasure not business
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I've never driven abroad and have had my license over 10 years and I think the maximum we can drive is an 8 seater on a UK license. I would assume it's the same regardless of where you go as the license itself carries the limit. although I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will be along shortly to point you on the right direction. have fun on your holiday.
The reason you can only drive 8-seaters, like all othersd who got their first UK licence after 1997, is because we agreed to abide by EU rules!! So Spain, and all other EU countries have the same rules.
Us oldies who have licences from before that can still drive 17 seaters and 7.5 ton trucks.
There is a possible exception, in that the 8-seater rtule is in conjunction with a weight limit for the minibus: a lighter one, even with more seats, might still be allowed.
adhkarzf

I've never driven abroad and have had my license over 10 years and I … I've never driven abroad and have had my license over 10 years and I think the maximum we can drive is an 8 seater on a UK license. I would assume it's the same regardless of where you go as the license itself carries the limit. although I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will be along shortly to point you on the right direction. have fun on your holiday.



I believed it was an 8 seater also but just found this.....

Driving licence held after 1 January 1997

If you check your licence you will notice that you do not have category D1 and therefore cannot drive a minibus without taking the additional driving test.
However, holders of a full category B (car) driving licence may drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats provided all the following conditions are met:
the vehicle is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body but not for hire or reward;
the driver is aged 21;
the driver has held a car (category B) licence for at least 2 years;
the driver is providing the service on a voluntary basis;
the minibus maximum weight is not more than 3.5 tonnes (or 4.25 tonnes including any specialist equipment for the carriage of disabled passengers);
if the driver is aged 70 or over, is able to meet the health standards for driving a D1 vehicle.

When driving a minibus under these conditions you may not receive any payment or consideration for doing so other than out of pocket expenses or tow any size trailer; you may only drive minibuses in this country. Drivers aged 70 or over will need to make a special application, which involves meeting higher medical standards.
ebrianh45

The reason you can only drive 8-seaters, like all othersd who got their … The reason you can only drive 8-seaters, like all othersd who got their first UK licence after 1997, is because we agreed to abide by EU rules!! So Spain, and all other EU countries have the same rules.Us oldies who have licences from before that can still drive 17 seaters and 7.5 ton trucks. There is a possible exception, in that the 8-seater rtule is in conjunction with a weight limit for the minibus: a lighter one, even with more seats, might still be allowed.



I believed it was an 8 seater also but just found Driving licence held after 1 January 1997

If you check your licence you will notice that you do not have category D1 and therefore cannot drive a minibus without taking the additional driving test.
However, holders of a full category B (car) driving licence may drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats provided all the following conditions are met:
the vehicle is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body but not for hire or reward;
the driver is aged 21;
the driver has held a car (category B) licence for at least 2 years;
the driver is providing the service on a voluntary basis;
the minibus maximum weight is not more than 3.5 tonnes (or 4.25 tonnes including any specialist equipment for the carriage of disabled passengers);
if the driver is aged 70 or over, is able to meet the health standards for driving a D1 vehicle.

When driving a minibus under these conditions you may not receive any payment or consideration for doing so other than out of pocket expenses or tow any size trailer; you may only drive minibuses in this country. Drivers aged 70 or over will need to make a special application, which involves meeting higher medical standards.
howarth3

I believed it was an 8 seater also but just found this.....Driving … I believed it was an 8 seater also but just found this.....Driving licence held after 1 January 1997If you check your licence you will notice that you do not have category D1 and therefore cannot drive a minibus without taking the additional driving test.However, holders of a full category B (car) driving licence may drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats provided all the following conditions are met:the vehicle is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body but not for hire or reward;the driver is aged 21;the driver has held a car (category B) licence for at least 2 years;the driver is providing the service on a voluntary basis;the minibus maximum weight is not more than 3.5 tonnes (or 4.25 tonnes including any specialist equipment for the carriage of disabled passengers);if the driver is aged 70 or over, is able to meet the health standards for driving a D1 vehicle.When driving a minibus under these conditions you may not receive any payment or consideration for doing so other than out of pocket expenses or tow any size trailer; you may only drive minibuses in this country. Drivers aged 70 or over will need to make a special application, which involves meeting higher medical standards.



​hmm I wasn't aware of that so thanks for enlightening me but at the end it does say that only applies to this country so that would in my limited understanding mean no to Spain.
You can drive a 9 seater (8+driver) vehicle that is not classed as a mini bus in Spain with your licence (us oldies are different though and can even if classed as mini-bus). It's worth noting though to check the T&C's of the hire company as quite a few only allow for over 23's (pass to where they plucked that age from think it is presuming 6/7 years experience and also some others only over 25) as alot of these firms will take your money and then say it was up to yourself to have checked the "clearly stated" T&C's when you hired.
cecilmcroberts

You can drive a 9 seater (8+driver) vehicle that is not classed as a mini … You can drive a 9 seater (8+driver) vehicle that is not classed as a mini bus in Spain with your licence (us oldies are different though and can even if classed as mini-bus). It's worth noting though to check the T&C's of the hire company as quite a few only allow for over 23's (pass to where they plucked that age from think it is presuming 6/7 years experience and also some others only over 25) as alot of these firms will take your money and then say it was up to yourself to have checked the "clearly stated" T&C's when you hired.



It says over 21 on the t and c's for that certain car so you think I will be ok then?? It's a ford transit 9 seater if that makes any difference ( with you saying its ok if it's not classed as a minibus)
howarth3

It says over 21 on the t and c's for that certain car so you think I will … It says over 21 on the t and c's for that certain car so you think I will be ok then?? It's a ford transit 9 seater if that makes any difference ( with you saying its ok if it's not classed as a minibus)



I'm unsure I think it is classed as a minibus because they are converted coach built vans but I could be wrong. I was thinking along the lines of Zafira/Seat Alhambra/Peugeot 5008/Ford Galaxy/Grand Picassa. Check also descriptions normally the websites say xx passengers rather than 9 seater as that could be 9+1 driver which I think the Transits are (never been in one but have the Merc equivalent and they are 9+1)
Edited by: "cecilmcroberts" 8th Apr 2016
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