4 Londesborough Business Park
Scarborough YO12 5AF
What is MiDAS?
MiDAS is the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme, organised by the Community Transport Association UK (CTA) which promotes a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers. It is a scheme that has been designed to enhance minibus driving standards and promote the safer operation of minibuses.
Who is it aimed at?
MiDAS is applicable to any organisation operating or using minibuses. Organisations range from small voluntary organisations operating one vehicle, to local authorities operating large fleets of minibuses as well as schools, colleges and universities.
How does MiDAS work?
MiDAS operates on a "cascade" approach. The CTA has appointed a number of training agents, who provide training for minibus Driver Assessor/Trainers (DAT's) nominated from member organisations. Dial A Ride currently has 2 DATs.
A DAT can then assess the competence of other minibus drivers, and provide them with training on how to safely use a minibus.
What do drivers get out of this?
Drivers who successfully complete the MiDAS assessment and training programme will receive a nationally recognised certificate valid for four years, as well as the option of obtaining the comprehensive "MiDAS Driver's Handbook".
The safety training, which can be delivered on a group or individual basis, uses key learning points from a number of areas:
# Legal Responsibilities of a Minibus Driver
# Passenger Safety
# Child Passenger Safety
# Defensive Driving
# Manual Handling Awareness
# Health & Safety Awareness
# Accident & Emergency Procedures
# Personal Safety for Drivers
Training Provision UPDATED
Scarborough Dial A Ride can occasionally offer courses at it's base location (Londesborough Road) in Scarborough.
For MiDAS training in the Ryedale area contact Ryedale Community Transport on 01653 699059.
Training in the Whitby area contact Whitby Good Neighbours Community Transport on 01947 606 440.
For other areas please call the Community Transport Association on 0161 351 1475 for your nearest training provider.
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