Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS)

What is MiDAS?

MiDAS, the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme, is a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers. The scheme is overseen by the Community Transport Association (CTA UK). Our proffesional team of DAT’s “Driving Training / Assessors” are able to train your drivers to the required standard for MiDAS certification. All are DVSA qualified driving instructors (ADI) and D1 licensed to offer instruction in Minibus

We are able to tailor the course delivery to ensure that the driving requirements of you, and your organisation, are specifically addressed. The course is conducted to meet your needs, availability, working timetable, and budget. By enabling you to choose the training date you are able to fit the training around other working and voluntary commitments, and thus minimise disruption with working schedules etc.

Who can undertake the course?

  • Must be at least 21 years old and under 70
  • Hold a full, current, clean driving license
  • Have passed their car driving test two years previously
  • Hold a category D1 entitlement on their driving licence (may not always be necessary)
  • Be able to undertake a simple eyesight check

What are the Benefits of MiDAS qualification?

Ø  MiDAS brings a wide range of benefits including:

Ø  Enhanced passenger safety and improved passenger comfort

Ø  Potential savings in insurance and running costs

Ø  A single recognisable certificate to ensure high standards of driving

Ø  Nationally recognised standard

Ø  Community Transport Association appointed training officers

What is involved in a MiDAS course?

Module One – Standard Certificate (Compulsory)

Ø  Training in the skills required to drive a minibus

Ø  A thorough knowledge of the legal responsibilities of a minibus driver and duty of care

Ø  Department for Transport codes of practice in safe carriage of passengers

Ø  Good practice in passenger comfort

Ø  Health and Safety at work for Drivers

Ø  Manoeuvring of vehicles

Ø  Defensive Driving techniques

At the end of this session, drivers complete a written test consisting of 20 questions, the answers to which will be covered in the training session.
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 a 90 minute on-the-road driving assessment to ascertain practical driving skills. The Trainer will identify any issues that need to be addressed and coach the delegate to improve their driving skills.

This includes:

Ø  A demonstration drive to show the standard required

Ø  The opportunity to familiarise yourself with the vehicle

Ø  An assessment of your driving skill and competence

Module Two – Accessible Certificate (Optional)

This module is needed for those carrying wheelchair users

Ø  Safe use of ramps and tail lifts

Ø  Wheelchair and passenger restraint equipment

Ø  Department for Transport codes of practice on safe carriage of passengers in wheelchairs

Ø  Good practice on passenger assistance

Ø  Information on disability, carrying children and professional etiquette

At the end of this session, drivers sit a further written exam paper, consisting of ten questions, of which eight must be answered correctly.

MiDAS Certificate

On successful completion of the training and assessment, drivers are presented with a nationally recognised MiDAS certificate that remains valid for four years.

Please contact us for more details on our MiDAS courses.



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