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Driver Training

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:

Type of training conducted by our in house trainer:

  1. MiDAS (Minibus Driving Awareness Scheme)
  2. PATS ( Passenger Assistance) – 5 steps to safety
  3. D1. Training
  4. Car/MPV
  5. Manual Handling
  6. First Aid on Minibuses
  7. D Training
  8. 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

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:

There is an additional module for accessible transport for clients working with wheelchair users and involves as above plus:

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