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.

 

Induction courses

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 long does the certificate last? 

A certificate is valid for 4 years and you will require refresher training within 3 months of the certificate expiry date. Both Standard and Accessible refresher courses are for one day.

 

Refresher Course

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.   

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How much do the courses cost? 

 

Induction Course      

Community Groups/Voluntary Organisations       

Local Authority/ Schools /Private Companies and individuals

       Induction Standard

£85

£95

       Induction Accessible

£90

£100

Refresher Course

   

       Refresher Standard

£70

£80

       Refresher Accessible

£75

£85

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Is the course suitable for everybody?

Drivers must be over 21 years old. A clean driving license 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 metres.

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). Community Action Training 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. 

 

How often do courses run? 

MiDAS courses run on a monthly basis.  Below is a list of currently scheduled courses, along with the number of places currently available:

 

MiDAS Induction 2018

Community Action Fareham 16th & 17th January FULL
Community Action Fareham 12th & 13th March 6 places
Community Action Fareham 9th & 10th April 6 places

MiDAS Refresher 2017 to 2018

Community Action Fareham 20th December 2 spaces
Community Action Fareham 25th January FULL
Community Action Fareham 8th February 3 places
Community Action Fareham 13th February 3 places
Community Action Fareham 6th March 4 places

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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 National Insurance Number and Driving License to hand to complete the form. If you have any questions please contact us bookings@farehamaction.org.uk  or on 01329 223155. 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.

 

More information

Visit the MiDAS pages on the Hampshire County Council website and their guidance for driver licensing for minibuses                                                             

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