What is MiDAS?
MiDAS is the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme, a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers. It is a membership based scheme that has been designed to enhance minibus driving standards and promote the safer operation of minibuses. Sutton Community Transport insists that all drivers of its minibuses are MiDAS trained.
Who is it for?
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.
As an employer or voluntary organisation supporting volunteers you will have fulfilled your duty of care to your Staff and Volunteers by training them to a high standard. This in turn builds the confidence of your drivers as well as reassuring your passengers. It shows that your minibus driver’s ability has been assessed to a nationally recognised and highly respected standard.
Drivers who successfully complete the MiDAS assessment and training programme will receive a nationally recognised certificate valid for four years.
How long is the course?
Option 1 – Standard Course
Suitable for those driving minibuses for community group use without the need to fix wheelchairs in place. The standard course is comprised of several parts including: theory and practical training delivery by our MiDAS trainers; a chance to practice skills; driving assessment; and multiple choice check on learning test. We suggest that you allow 1 day to attend this training.
Option 2 – Accessible Course
Suitable for those driving minibuses for disability groups where there may be a need to secure wheelchairs onto the bus and to use tail lift. The accessible course is comprised of several parts including: theory and practical training delivery by our MiDAS trainers; a chance to practice skills; driving assessment; and multiple choice check on learning test. We suggest that you allow 2 days to attend this training.
Standard Course £115 + VAT per person
Accessible Course £175 + VAT per person
To find out more or to book email: email@example.com.
We are glad to confirm that MiDAS courses are now up and running, the next scheduled dates are 29 & 30 September.