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Minibus

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 Training has a number of different elements:

Module One (SD)
• Training in the skills required to drive a minibus
• A thorough knowledge of the legal responsibilities of a minibus driver and duty of care
• Department for Transport codes of practice in safe carriage of passengers
• Good practice in passenger comfort
• Health and Safety at work for Drivers
• Manoeuvring of vehicles
• Defensive Driving techniques
• Information on BCT hire policies and procedures
• Minibus Fire and Evacuation

At the end of this session, candidates sit a written test paper, consisting of 20 questions, the answers to which will be contained in the training session, and in the minibus drivers handbook provided to each candidate.

Each candidate undertakes a 1½ hour on-the-road driving assessment. The assessment route takes in to consideration a wide range of road conditions. The Assessor provides feedback and advice to the candidate during the drive.

In addition to the comprehensive course materials, those attending the course are also issued with a copy of the Highway Code and a Highvisibility Jacket.

Standard Certificate
• Training in the skills required to drive a minibus
• A thorough knowledge of the legal responsibilities of a minibus driver and duty of care
• Department for Transport codes of practice in safe carriage of passengers
• Good practice in passenger comfort
• Health and Safety at work for Drivers
• Manoeuvring of vehicles
• Defensive Driving techniques
• Information on BCT hire policies and procedures
• Minibus Fire and Evacuation

At the end of this session, candidates sit a written test paper, consisting of 20 questions, the answers to which will be contained in the training session, and in the minibus drivers handbook provided to each candidate.

Each candidate undertakes a 1½ hour on-the-road driving assessment. The assessment route takes in to consideration a wide range of road conditions. The Assessor provides feedback and advice to the candidate during the drive.

Module Two (AD) / Accessible Certificate
This module is for those carrying wheelchair users, and so those needing knowledge and experience of using passenger lifts and securing wheelchairs etc.

• Group discussion after viewing a training related film
• Safe use of ramps and tail lifts
• Wheelchair and passenger restraint equipment
• Department for Transport codes of practice on safe carriage of passengers in wheelchairs
• Good practice on passenger assistance
• Information on disability, carrying children and professional etiquette

At the end of this session, candidates sit a further written exam paper, consisting of ten questions, of which eight must be answered correctly.

This module is compulsory for those wishing to carry wheelchair users in a BCT minibus

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