Private buses and limousines: guidance for operators

A guide about the Pre Registration Inspection (PRI) for private buses and limousines.

This publication was withdrawn on

From August 2015, you can’t apply for a Pre-Registration Inspection (PRI). If you’ve a used passenger vehicle with more than 8 passenger seats, you may need voluntary approval.


PRI guidance for operators

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This guide explains the PRI for buses and minibuses for operators.

There is currently no approval process to check the constructional features of these kinds of vehicles ahead of their licensing and registration by the DVLA.

PRI checks on buses and minibuses are carried out when the vehicle is intended for use as a passenger carrying vehicle, and where the vehicle does not otherwise need a Certificate of Initial Fitness (COIF) or a form of European Approval.

Published 24 April 2013