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. An old style licence covers Category ‘A’ vehicle (cars etc.), or 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.
Our Emergency Aid courses are recognised by the HSE and are trainer-assessed and certified. The training takes approximately 6 hours and covers:
The role of the Emergency Aider and the importance of basic hygiene in procedures
Assessing the situation and circumstances in order to act
safely, promptly and effectively
Administering Emergency Aid to a casualty who is choking, unconsciousness, bleeding severely, or in cardiac arrest
Dealing with instances of sudden illness, including epilepsy, asthma etc.
PATS stands for Passenger Assistant Training Scheme and lasts for
The aim of PATS is to improve safety standards for people who need assistance, care and supervision on the move, and has been
developed for those people who undertake the role of passenger assistant. Passenger Assistants may have driving duties and combined job titles such as driver/assistant or driver/carer. Passenger Assistants work on various types of vehicles, depending on the needs of their passengers. The Passenger Assistant Training Scheme is designed to provide general guidance, and is now mandatory for all Norfolk County Council Contracts where a Passenger Assistant is required.