Who can undertake the course?
What are the Benefits?
MiDAS brings a wide range of benefits including:
Enhanced passenger safety and improved passenger comfort
Potential savings in insurance and running costs
A single recognisable certificate to ensure high standards of driving
Nationally recognised standard
Community Transport Association appointed training officers
What does the course consist of?
Module One – Standard Certificate (Compulsory)
Training in the skills required to drive a minibus
A thorough knowledge of the 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 of vehicles
Defensive Driving techniques
At the end of this session, candidates sit a written test paper, consisting of 20 questions, the answers to which will be contained in the training session, and in the minibus drivers handbook provided to each candidate.
Candidates must answer a minimum of 18 questions correctly, before they proceed to the driving assessment, and may only re-sit the examination once.
The Driving Assessment
There is also a 90-minute on-the-road driving assessment to ascertain practical driving skills. The Trainer/Assessor will identify issues that need to be addressed and encourage the delegate to improve their driving skills. This includes:
Module Two – Accessible Certificate (Optional)
This module is for those carrying wheelchair users
Safe use of ramps and tail lifts
Wheelchair and passenger restraint equipment
Department for Transport codes of practice on the safe carriage of passengers in wheelchairs
Good practice on passenger assistance
Information on disability, carrying children and professional etiquette
At the end of this session, candidates sit a further written exam paper, consisting of ten questions, of which eight must be answered correctly.
Drivers must not, under any circumstances, carry disabled passengers, or operate any accessible equipment in vehicles, unless they have completed this training module.
On successful completion of the training and driving assessment, drivers are presented with a nationally recognised MiDAS certificate. Drivers are also issued with a photo-ID card. A MiDAS certificate is valid for four years.
MiDAS Driver Awareness Assessment & Training Scheme
MiDAS is the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme, organised by the Community Transport Association U.K. (CTA) which promotes a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers.
It is a membership-based scheme that is designed to enhance minibus driving standards and promote the safer operation of minibuses.
Midas is fast becoming the industry standard for passenger transport drivers. Whilst it is not yet a mandatory requirement, MiDAS is an award winning nationally recognised assessment and training qualification.
Who is it aimed at?
MiDAS is applicable to any organisation operating or using minibuses. Member organisations range from small voluntary organisations operating one vehicle, to local authorities operating large fleets of minibuses as well as schools, colleges and universities.
What do drivers get out of this?
Drivers who successfully complete the MiDAS assessment and training programme will receive a nationally recognised certificate valid for four years.
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