Mini Bus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) Training
What is MiDAS? This is the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme, organised by the Community Transport Association, which promotes 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.
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.
How does MiDAS work? MRC Community Action has a Driver Assessor/Trainer assessing the competence of other minibus drivers and provides them with training on how to safely use a minibus.
What's involved in becoming a MiDAS driver?
The course gives information and practical experience on how to undertake a minibus driving assessment in an objective and consistent manner, how to structure on-road training and prove "classroom based" safety training.
The safety training, which can be delivered on a group or individual basis, uses key learning points from a number of areas:
- Legal Responsibilities of a Minibus Driver
- Passenger Safety
- Child Passenger Safety
- Defensive Driving
- Accident & Emergency Procedures
- Personal Safety for Drivers
What do drivers get out of the training?
Drivers who successfully complete the MiDAS assessment and training programme will receive a nationally recognised certificate, as well as a copy of the comprehensive "Minibus Driver`s Handbook".