Our Section 19 Bus Operators Permit rules and insurance requirements mean that a MiDAS Standard or Accessible Certificate, or equivalent category D1 – for minibuses – is a prerequisite for Drivers wishing to use our minibuses.
To access places on all of our driver courses, you MUST have fully paid up membership of Barnet Community Transport as this is a legal requirement.
If 5 or more people from the same group wish to do the course simultaneously it may be possible to arrange different dates to suit, and a discount may be possible based on number of Candidates attending from the same Group.
Due to the demand for these courses, it is necessary to book places as follows:
- Full payment for all the Modules taken (£150) must be received at least 4 working days prior to the Course.
- If a cancellation by e-mail or in writing is made 3 full working days in advance, a 50% refund will be given.
- Less than 3 full working days notice of cancellation (ie. Friday for Tuesday) will not qualify for any refund of course fees.
- Should BCT be unable to provide the course on the specified day, (whether due to staff, vehicle or weather factors) then an alternative date will be provided or a full refund of course fees will be offered, however no other costs (travel, parking, etc) can be met by BCT in these circumstances.
Type of training conducted by our in house trainer:
- MiDAS (Minibus Driving Awareness Scheme)
- PATS ( Passenger Assistance) – 5 steps to safety
- D1. Training
- Manual Handling
- First Aid on Minibuses
- D Training
- LGV Training
Our Driver Training Department trains and assesses potential drivers to the nationally recognised MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) standard. This scheme is developed in conjunction with CTA (Community Transport Association) and drivers are trained to the same standard nationally to drive minibuses of 9-16 passenger capacity.
Other training also available and proving very popular is Passenger Assistant Training (PATS) which is a nationally recognised scheme designed for anyone who has the care or supervision of passengers travelling by road.
In addition to the driver training, we have Manual Handling Training. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to provide training for all their staff. In the case of Manual Handling, this general requirement needs to be supplemented with more specific information and training on risks of injury and prevention.
This course was designed for drivers and passenger assistants as part of the MiDAS and PATS training package but can also be delivered as a free-standing manual handling course – people do not have to complete other MiDAS or PATS training before attending this course.
The MiDAS First Aid course is suitable for appointed persons and those who require the knowledge and skills to act safely in an emergency situation and give effective life-saving assistance until better qualified personnel take over.
These training schemes are open to all organisations and individuals.
A MiDAS training certificate is a mandatory requirement for anyone who wishes to drive any of our vehicles. For more details or to discuss your needs please call us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Minibus Drivers Awareness Scheme
MiDAS is the Minibus Drivers Awareness Scheme, organised by the Community Transport Association UK (CTA) which promotes a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers. It is a membership based scheme that has been designed to enhance minibus driving standards and promote the safer operation of minibuses.
Standard MiDAS induction involves:
- MiDAS (half day) practical driving assessment
- The legal, practical and safety requirements of minibus driving
- Passenger safety (adult and child)
- Breakdown, accident and emergency procedures
- Personal safety procedures for drivers
- Theory Assessment Test
- Practical Driving Assessment
There is an additional module for accessible transport for clients working with wheelchair users and involves as above plus:
- MiDAS (one day) practical driving assessment
- Disability Awareness
- Wheelchair and passenger restraint equipment training
- Use of tail lift or ramp equipment and safety advice
For further information please contact us via email or phone.
Please Note: Candidates attending the course must bring your full driving licence.
Any candidate for MiDAS should be between 21 & 69 years old (ideally over 25), have held a Full Manual Driving Licence (including category D1) for at least two years, and must be able to produce their Licence (both paper and plastic card where applicable) prior to commencing their course.
Also they must bring two up to date passport size photos for their BCT ID card. Category B licence holders must