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, as well as the comprehensive “MiDAS Driver’s Handbook” to keep for further reference.
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 has two parts, theory training which lasts for one morning and a driving assessment which can be booked with our trainer at the end of the theory course (at a time and date to suit you).
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 includes the morning theory course, and continues on after a lunch break until approximately 4pm. After which you can book your driving assessment with the trainer (at a time and date to suit you).
Standard Course £115 + VAT per person
Accessible Course £175 + VAT per person
To find out more or to book email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will re-start our provision of MiDAS after the Easter 2021 holidays.
SCT historically ran Midas training on the last Wednesday of the month, except August & December. However, we have increased our ability to run this course more often, get in touch to find out more.