MiDAS (Minibus Drivers Awareness Scheme) is a nationally recognised qualification.
This 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.
The classroom training will cover: -
• Defensive driving
• Legal requirements for minibus drivers
• Driver, passenger and child passenger safety
• Breakdown, accident and emergency procedures
• Where appropriate; Accessible minibus (safety, passenger assistance, wheelchair and passenger restraints, use of passenger lift etc). This item includes an outdoor practical session, and an assessment.
We can provide the classroom session via Zoom/Teams or face to face.
The practical driving assessments will normally last approximately an hour to 90 minutes per person.
Delegates should be aware that driving a minibus is totally different from driving a car. We strongly recommend that those who have no previous experience of driving minibuses should get some practise on a minibus or vehicle of similar size before undertaking the MiDAS course. Likewise, delegates who regularly drive automatics should get some practice on a vehicle with manual transmission.
It is also best practise for the assessment drive to be done on the vehicle that the delegate actually uses; however, if you are unable to use your own organisation’s minibus, we may be able to provide the use of ours. If you will be using ours we will of course provide this.
Please ensure that you are entitled to drive minibuses (category D or D1 on their licence) if not, please let us know urgently so that we can discuss the specific issue before the course.
Please note that we will decline training to delegates who do not appear to have the appropriate licence categories or proof that they are driving under volunteer status. This refusal includes anyone who may had their entitlement to drive a minibus (D1/D) revoked for any reason by DVLA, or who may have a medical issue which may impact upon their entitlement to drive a minibus. Anyone who is unclear about their ability to drive should contact us before the course to clarify.
PATS; Passenger Assistant Training Scheme
The scheme provides a nationally recognised standard for training Passenger Assistants: those whose role it is to provide care and assistance to passengers travelling on the road.
PATS training is available to anyone who has care or supervision responsibilities of passengers traveling by road: in minibuses, cars, taxis, or large buses.
PATS is a classroom session followed by a practical session should that be necessary. We can provide the classroom session via Zoom/Teams or face to face.
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