MiDAS is the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme organised by the Community Transport Association (CTA) which promotes a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers. Driver Trainers assess and train minibus drivers, equipping them with the necessary skills to handle a minibus safely and confidently, with the needs of passengers in mind.
To drive a minibus, by law you must be at least 21 years of age (unless you hold a PCV licence), although the Organisation you are driving for or their Insurance Company may specify a higher minimum age. You must hold a full driving licence, a new style licence with Category D1 (restriction 1 or 101) is sufficient for most non-commercial operations, including minibuses run under section 19 or Section 22 Permits.
Drivers who passed their car driving test on or after 1 January 1997, and drivers whose licences expire, will not automatically receive category ‘D1’ (restriction 1 or 101).
In addition to holding an appropriate licence you must ensure that you meet any specific insurance conditions which apply to your Organisation’s vehicles, such as age restrictions, a clean driving licence, etc.
MiDAS offers you:
You and your passengers will be aware that your driving competence has been assessed to a common countrywide standard.
You will receive up to date training in the skills and information needed to drive a minibus.
You will be able to drive the minibuses of other MIDAS members without having your driving skills re-assessed.