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MiDAS

MiDAS logoMiDAS, the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme, is a scheme developed after long and detailed study of minibus driving and consultation with statutory and voluntary organisations that operate minibuses to develop and enhance the driving and passenger care skills of individuals that drive a minibus voluntarily or as part of their job.

No-one can drive a Bedford Borough Council minibus with passengers on board unless they have a current MiDAS certificate.The certificate which is valid for four years, is awarded after a theory session ,exam and a practical driving assessment.

Any one attending Bedford Borough Council MiDAS training needs to have a full D1 category on their driving licence.

The likelihood of death or serious injury whilst travelling as a passenger on one of the 125,000+ minibuses in the United Kingdom is between 2 and 3 times less than travelling as a passenger  in a car. However the driver needs skills over and above those required to drive a car. Drivers of a minibus also have specific responsibilities to vulnerable passengers such as children and people with disabilities as well as a duty of care to take responsible safety precautions when arranging and providing transport for all passengers.

 

Objectives of MiDAS

The objectives of MiDAS are that minibus drivers will:

  • Be assessed to ensure their driving skills are of an acceptable standard
  • Be given help where necessary to improve their minibus driving skills
  • Be aware of the practical,legal and safety issues surrounding minibus driving
  • Be trained in the safe use of accessible minibuses where necessary
  • Receive a certificate which is accepted by other MiDAS registered organisations

The Road Safety Team organise MiDAS training and usually run at least four courses a year.

If there is sufficient demand additional courses can be arranged

Courses are currently scheduled for the following dates:-

22nd June 2017

28th September 2017

7th December 2017

15th March 2018

 

To book a place on one of these courses download the appropriate form below and email along with a copy of the candidates licence as directed on the form.

 

Booking form for Standard MiDAS Training

 

Booking form for Accessible MiDAS Training

 

N.B. Accessible training is for drivers that will be transporting passengers that require use of a passenger lift to get on and off the minibus.

 

Please contact the Road Safety Team on 01234 228336 or road.safety@bedford.gov.uk if you have any questions.

 

Bedford Borough Council Road Safety Team  

    telephone (01234) 228336

Email road.safety@bedford.gov.uk

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