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MiDAS Driver Training

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MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) is an award-winning, and nationally recognised assessment and training scheme for minibus drivers, which offers you all you need to meet your Health & Safety and legal responsibilities and is widely used across the UK. It is a membership-based scheme organised by The Community Transport Association (CTA) and designed to enhance driving standards and promote the safer operation of minibuses.

The scheme is open to all ‘not for profit’ organisations to help their drivers be better prepared for today’s’ driving conditions.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for drivers working or volunteering for any not-for-profit organisation operating minibuses, ranging from small voluntary organisations operating one vehicle, to local authorities operating large fleets of minibuses, as well as schools, colleges, nursing homes and universities.

Drivers must be over the age of 21 and have held a full car licence for over 2 years.

THCT’s MiDAS trainers are Community Transport Association approved and have been working with drivers from community groups in East London for many years, ensuring their minibus drivers are skilled and competent.

Course summary

MiDAS training at THCT is a 6 hour classroom session. There is also a minimum of 1.5 hr. driver assessment in a vehicle, which may take place at a different time. Normally, the course includes the Accessible Certificate, which you will need if you transport disabled passengers.

What you’ll get from the course

MiDAS certificate, recognised nationally by over 5000 MiDAS members and valid for 4 years. Improved driving skills. Enhanced passenger safety and improved passenger comfort

Classroom content

  • Skills required to drive a minibus
  • Legal responsibilities of a minibus driver and duty of care
  • Department for Transport codes of practice in the safe carriage of passengers
  • Good practice in passenger comfort
  • Health and Safety at work for drivers
  • Manoeuvring vehicles
  • Defensive Driving techniques

Driving assessment

  • Demonstration drive to show the standard required
  • Familiarise yourself with the vehicle
  • Assessment of your driving skill and competence

Accessible certificate

  • Safe use of ramps and different types of passenger lifts
  • Wheelchair and passenger restraint equipment
  • Department for Transport codes of practice on safe carriage of passengers in wheelchairs
  • Good practice on passenger assistance
  • Information on disability, carrying children and professional etiquette

Formal Practical Skills Assessments: assisting a passenger with walking difficulties, guiding and assisting a passenger with sight loss, clamping a users’ wheelchair inside the minibus etc.

Assessment

Both the theory and practical elements are assessed against a minimum score. One ‘resit’ opportunity will be offered. If this is failed then the candidate will be required to do additional training.

Driver Requirements

To take the MiDAS training and receive your certificate, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old (Over 70s can still do the MiDAS providing they have passed a PCV medical)
  • Have passed your car driving test more than 2 years previously

To book places on a scheduled course contact us. We will process the application and confirm your booking via email or over the phone.

Driving Re-assessment

We provide training and re-assessment for those failing the MiDAS on-the-road driving assessment. For up to two hours, we charge just £35.00 per hour.

Member CategoryStandard Training
09:00 – 13:00*
Accessible Training
09:00 – 16:00*
Unfunded Members & Funded Members£99.00£130.00
Statutory group & Non Members£105.00£159.00
*Approximate timings

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