It’s an extension of the highly successful, nationally recognised, Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme. Organised by the Community Transport Association, it is a scheme designed to enhance driving standards in small passenger carrying vehicles and cars. It is also intended to assist the operators of smaller vehicles in meeting their health and safety obligations.
Who is it aimed at?
MiDAS Car & MPV is applicable to any organisation operating or using vehicles with less than nine passenger seats. Organisations range from small voluntary organisations with one vehicle, to local authorities operating large fleets.
How does it work?
MiDAS Car & MPV operates on a ‘cascade’ approach. Through the CTA (Community Transport Association) Scarborough Dial A Ride has appointed their own Driver Observers who are able to deliver the scheme to organisations.
A Driver Observer delivers classroom based training to drivers, on driving skills and passenger safety issues. Topics covered are:
# Defensive Driving
# Legal Responsibilities of Drivers
# Passenger Safety
# Passenger Awareness
# Child Passenger Safety
# Manual Handling Awareness
# Health and Safety Awareness
# Emergency Procedures
# Personal Safety for Drivers
Following the training, the Driver Observer conducts an ‘observed drive' where drivers get the opportunity to put the skills they have learnt into practise.
It is important to note that the Driver Observer does not deliver any on-road training.
What do drivers get out of this?
Drivers who successfully complete the training programme and an observed drive will receive a nationally recognised certificate valid for 4 years, as well as the option of purchasing the comprehensive‘ Car & MPV Driver’s Handbook’.
My drivers use their own cars, is the observed drive compulsory?
Organisations with volunteers who use their own cars may 'opt out' of the observed drive, although this is not recommended by MiDAS. Drivers who do not undertake the observed drive will have this recorded on their certificates.
However, observed drives must be undertaken where drivers are driving vehicles belonging to our organisation.
How do I get onto a course?
To book a place on a course or to enrol a group please call the Scarborough Dial A Ride office. Our place or yours, it's up to you!
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