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Thank you for your question, my name is Steve and I am a fully qualified vehicle technician with over thirty years in the trade. Hopefully I can help.
It should be possible but you would need a new chassis plate made up with the new gross weight and the vehicle would need to be retested at the new weight.
This company can make up the chassis plate for you.
Or for an easier route this company can carry out the whole process for you.
As this is to allow a newer drive to drive the vehicle you will need to ensure the process is fully covered for the insurance to be compatible and for this reason using SvTech as in the link, to carry the process out for you would be a safer option.
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It should be a paper exercise, other than the plate change no mechanical alterations should be needed. It will affect the legal maximum weight but that is all,
As long as the 17 seats includes the drivers seat then there should be no problem.
D1 is maximum 16 passengers.