MiDAS minibus driver training

Hackney Community Transport has over 20 years experience in training people to drive minibuses. We deliver regular training Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) programme from our facilities in Hackney.

Participants on our MiDAS training If you are a Group Transport member in Hackney and you would like to self drive one of our minibuses, then, subject to these conditions, you will need a current MiDAS certificate to be able to do this. MiDAS is the national standard for minibus drivers in the voluntary and public sector.

Our MiDAS training is financially supported by Hackney Council, making it easier for you to get the skills you need. It is delivered by instructors who bring years of practical experience that will help you get the most out of your course.

The course consists of a one day classroom session and a separate individual one hour on-road driving assessment. The programme includes:

  • 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

What participants say:

  • Very helpful and supportive. Great feedback and answered all questions required. Will really help me within my job as a PE teacher.
  • This was a refresher for me, but I was reminded of many useful things.
  • This reinforced disability awareness and the standards required of escorts and mini-bus drivers; as well as the application of the law on mini-bus driving.
  • I particularly enjoyed the practical training on wheelchairs - fantastic to see it in action.
  • Useful to learn the legislation for driving a mini-bus. The practical assessment really helped me to understand the workings of fastening wheelchairs.
  • The content was very thorough.

What does the course consist of?

How much does it cost?

Where is the course held?

When is the next course? Please see below for a list of our dates.

Are there any course restrictions?

If I have questions?

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What does the course consist of?

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.

How much does it cost?

MiDAS costs a basic £20.00 per driver for drivers living, working or volunteering in Hackney, attending courses in Hackney. We are grateful to receive funding for this from Hackney Council. The charge is £60.00 per driver for those from other Boroughs. Please enquire for group rates.

MiDAS Minibus Driver’s Handbook £10.00 each.

Hi-Viz Vest for drivers using HCT minibuses (mandatory for those not providing own) £5.00 each

Where is the course held?

HCT Group
Ash Grove Bus Depot
Mare Street
London E8 4RH

When is the next course?

Our next courses in Hackney are all held on Mondays in 2019:

  • 14th and 28th January

  • 11th and 25th February

  • 11th and 25th March

  • 8th and 29th April

  • 13th May

We can also deliver this course at your venue if several people wish to attend. Please contact us for dates and availability.

Additional dates can be arranged for groups wishing to train together, including weekends and evenings; minimum five participants.

Are there any course restrictions?

You need to be over 21 and have held a full UK or EU car licence for at least 2 years. The photocard licence (if held) must be in date. Old-style paper licences are still acceptable. If you have 6 points or more, or recent driving bans, please speak to us in advance or be prepared to wait for insurance company clearance before you drive. Some foreign (non-UK) licences are acceptable – please ask in advance. If you have an "automatics only" licence, please speak to us first.

If you wish to drive minibuses as a PAID JOB, you will need a category D1 on your licence. This can be with the restriction code, 101, if driving minibuses operated by non-profit organisations for payment.

If the minibus you tell us you wish to drive is over the WEIGHT LIMIT for your category B ONLY licence, we will not train you, as you would be driving illegally and not insured. Do contact us if you have any doubts.

If I have questions?

For all enquiries regarding MiDAS training, please contact us on 020 7275 2414 or by email to grouptransport@hctgroup.org

Book your place now

You can book your place for the course online here or by calling 020 7275 2414

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