Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS)

A specialist course for community transport minibus drivers, focussing on enhanced passenger safety and accessibility training

What’s the benefit of MiDAS training?

If you provide community transport for a local charity, local authority or community group, our Community Transport Association (CTA) approved Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme will benefit both you and your passengers:

  • Feel more professional and confident transporting children, elderly passengers and those with disabilities with a greater understanding of your safeguarding and legal responsibilities. 
  • Improve accessibility and comfort for your passengers by learning how to manage a variety of passenger equipment, including wheelchairs, lifts and wheelchair tie downs.
  • Training on breakdowns, driving efficiency and basic vehicle maintenance will make you feel more confident when you’re on the road.
  • Reduced insurance premiums.  As MiDAS training is widely recognised as an additional qualification, your insurance company may offer a reduced premium – remember to ask them.   

What to expect when you train with Teesside LGV

At Teesside LGV, we set the standard for MiDAS training – it’s why our pass rates are so high and why you’ll feel confident and supported throughout your training journey.   You can expect:

  • Exceptional 1-to-1 instruction from our own team of highly qualified MiDAS instructors.
  • A whole host of extra driving tips and advice that help to ensure your ongoing journey as a community minibus driver is safer, easier and more enjoyable.
  • Fantastic facilities.  With our own fleet of minibuses, you’ll be driving a true-to-life vehicle that’s perfectly suited to both our ‘Standard’ and  ‘Accessible’ MiDAS courses.

How long is the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) Course?

This is typically a 1-day course for ‘Standard’ and 1-day for ‘Accessible’, with a combination of classroom-based and practical tuition – including your on-site test.

Course content

We run two different Community Transport Association (CTA) Minibus Driver Awareness Courses – our ‘Standard’ course and an additional ‘Accessible’ course. 

‘Standard’ MiDAS course

  • an interactive classroom session covering safeguarding and other legal responsibilities, breakdowns and passenger safety
  • a multiple choice theory test
  • a 1-hour practical driving assessment 

‘Accessible’ MiDAS course

Additional classroom and practical training (with assessment) in: 

  • disability awareness 
  • safe use of wheelchair, passenger equipment and lifts
  • driver etiquette
  • communication

Our Community Transport Association Training Agent is also approved to deliver Passenger Assist and Car and MPV training to the same model as MiDAS.  This means that if you need a qualification to deliver in-house training, we can provide Train the Trainer in addition to MiDAS.

What to do next

If you’d like to book your Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) training, just give us a ring and our fantastic office team will guide you through the entire process – they’ll even help you to fill out any forms.

Book your place today

Book your place on the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) by clicking book now below and filling out the online form or call: 01642 466099

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