MiDAS Driver Awareness Assessment & Training Scheme
Tilston Training Ltd now offer MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme).
MiDAS is 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 is designed to enhance minibus driving standards and promote the safer operation of minibuses, currently there are over 5,000 member organisations throughout the UK. (CTAUK)
Who needs MiDAS training?
MiDAS is applicable to any organisation that transports passengers by road, and member organisations range from small voluntary organisations operating one vehicle to local authorities operating large vehicle fleets. Many schools and other educational establishments are members and in its guidance to schools using minibuses, the Department for Education and Skills cites MiDAS training as good practice for all schools. Don't worry if you haven't got a vehicle, you can still join MiDAS and have anyone who will be driving for your organisation trained. (CTAUK)
What benefits are there from completing a MiDAS training course?
Enhanced passenger safety & confidence / Raised driver & staff awareness of their responsibilities toward their passengers & public / Potential reduced insurance premiums as many minibus insurance companies recognise the scheme / Reduced vehicle maintenance costs and fuel costs through enhanced ECO driver training / Single nationally recognised certificates / Improved public image for Organisations, Schools & Universities.
What does the MiDAS course entail?
An initial classroom-based theory session covering the following key areas;
Improved Driver Safety and Economy / Drivers' legal responsibilities / Passenger safety / MiDAS MPV's / Manual handling awareness / Personal safety for drivers / Collision and breakdown procedures
Followed by on-road training and assessment of the candidates driving skills. There is also a written, multiple-choice theory assessment before being awarded a certificate.
What are the Objectives of a MiDAS course?
To assess driving skills to ensure they are of an acceptable standard / To give help where necessary to improve minibus driving skills / To provide awareness of the legal, practical & safety issues surrounding minibus driving / to provide training in the safe use of accessible minibuses where necessary / to issue a certificate which is accepted by other MiDAS members.
For more details please call us on 01978 851179.
Tilston Training Ltd not only offer MiDAS training but also D1 and D1 + E training and tests for drivers who gained their driving licence after 1996 who need to drive a minibus weighing over 3500 kgs.