MiDAS minibus driver training
The programme, delivered by experienced intructors, wll cover:
- Legal responsibilities of driving a minibus
- Safe and environmentally friendly driving techniques
- Vehicle familiarisation and checking
- The correct use of passenger lifts and wheelchair restraints
- A certificate valid for 4 years upon successful completion
Each Induction training course starts promptly at 9.00am and finishes at about 4.30pm. You will need to bring the training fee, your UK or EU driving licence, and a passport-size photo (should you plan to drive HCT's minibuses) along with you on the day. We will also check your licence on-line with DVLA.
Separate courses are planned for those wishing to renew their MiDAS certificate, by attending Refresher training -- please complete a booking form, mentioning "Refresher training".
The morning session: The first session is classroom-based, which consists of course registration, minibus driving and the law, defensive and environmental driving technique theories and a multiple choice test. This should last about 3.5 hours.
The afternoon session: After lunch, the OPTIONAL second session consists of some classroom and some ‘hands on’ practical tuition regarding accessible equipment – i.e. the correct way to clamp wheelchairs onto a minibus and the passenger lift operation. This should last about 2.5 hours.
The practical assessment: The trainer will make individual arrangements on the day with you for a suitable date and time for you to return to undertake the third part of the course, the on-road driving assessment. This is usually carried out on the following day. Please allow up to 90 minutes for your on-road assessment. The full course must be completed in order to obtain a MiDAS certificate.