Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS)
MiDAS is a national scheme to enhance the driving and passenger awareness skills of minibus drivers. MiDAS is not a legal requirement but is increasingly being accepted a best working practice. Most organisations operating minibuses like their drivers to have a MiDAS certificate. It is down to the organisation’s risk assessment and policy.
MiDAS offers two types of certificate:
- Standard (for driving only)
- Accessible (in addition to driving, this includes safely securing wheelchairs)
To be MiDAS trained, you will need to take either a Standard Induction or Accessible Induction course.
The training consists of one classroom session, followed by a separate driving assessment.
Standard Induction courses
- Day One – half day theory session
- Day Two – 2 to 3 hours practical
Accessible Induction courses
- Day One – one day theory
- Day Two – half day practical
How often do courses run?
MiDAS courses run on a monthly basis. Below is a list of currently scheduled courses in Fareham, along with the number of places currently available:
MiDAS Induction 2019 / 2020
|Community First Fareham||3rd and 4th February||1 place|
|Community First Fareham||17th and 18th February||5 places|
|Community First Fareham||9th and 10th March||5 places|
|Community First Fareham||6th and 7th April||5 places|
|Community First Fareham||11th and 12th May||5 places|
MiDAS Refresher 2019 / 2020
|Community First Fareham||28th January||4 places|
|Community First Fareham||24th February||4 places|
|Community First Fareham||23rd March||2 places|
|Community First Fareham||20th April||4 places|
|Community First Fareham||26th May||4 places|
How much do the courses cost?
How do I book?
Before booking, please ensure you have checked our guidance on driver licensing for minibuses and sought any further guidance you might need. Then go to our MiDAS Registration Form page. You will need your Driving Licence to hand to complete the form. If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01730 777059. When you receive your booking confirmation email, you will be asked to send us a copy of your driver’s licence. This can be mailed or scanned and emailed.
How long does the certificate last?
A certificate is valid for 4 years and you will require refresher training by no less than 3 months before the certificate expiry date. Both Standard and Accessible refresher courses are for one day.
What about Refresher Courses?
The Refresher training involves a classroom session followed by a separate driving assessment in our minibus. Drivers can only refresh their certificate if they have a current certificate which expires no more than 3 months earlier than the date of Refresher course. Only those who hold a current Accessible certificate can take an Accessible Refresher. Otherwise you will need to re-take the certificate as a new inductee.
Is the course suitable for everybody?
Drivers must be over 21 years-old and may need to be 25 years-old for insurance purposes. A clean driving licence is preferable, though not essential. Note will be taken of endorsements which may reflect the person’s driving skills and suitability to drive a minibus. Drivers must also be able to read a number plate at 20 meters.
A car driving licence does not automatically entitle anyone to drive a minibus.
Please read our guidance on driver licensing for minibuses for details on who is and is not entitled to drive a minibus. Further information can be obtained through the Driving a Minibus on the DVLA webpages.
Are there any special requirements for Accessible MiDAS Training?
Drivers should be aware that Accessible MiDAS is likely to involve some manual handling (of minibus seats and wheelchairs) and awkward stooping / twisting (to secure a wheelchair in a minibus). The Community First Training Department accepts no responsibility for any difficulties or injuries experienced by those training in connection with the Accessible training. Drivers and their sponsoring organisations should check that learners are reasonably fit for the tasks required.