As a professional organisation responsible for so many passengers, we ensure our drivers are versed in road safety, predictive driving, passenger comfort and fully trained in using additional equipment such as tail lifts and wheelchair restraints. We have found this to be invaluable as an organisation for our passengers safety. The course we adopted is the MiDAS course.
This has been so successful we now offer this training to outside agencies and individuals through our sister company 4K Driver Training.
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 has been designed to enhance minibus driving standards and promote the safer operation of minibuses.
MiDAS is applicable to any individual or organisation operating or using minibuses. From small voluntary organisations operating one vehicle, to local authorities operating large fleets of minibuses as well as schools, colleges and universities.
MiDAS operates on a "cascade" approach. CTA has appointed a number of training agents, who provide training for minibus Driver
Assessor/Trainers (DAT's) nominated from member organisations including our own.
Our DAT can assess the competence of other minibus drivers, and provide them with training on how to safely use a minibus and its equipment.
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
- Manual Handling Awareness
- Health & Safety Awareness
- Accident & Emergency Procedures
- Personal Safety for Drivers
Drivers who successfully complete the MiDAS assessment and training programme will receive a nationally recognised certificate valid for four years, as well as the option of obtaining the comprehensive "MiDAS Driver's Handbook".
Introduction to MiDAS Training
What is MiDAS Training?