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MiDAS Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme -


The Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) is the nationally accepted standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers. The scheme is designed to enhance the driving and passenger awareness skills of drivers and to promote the safer operation of minibuses. Due to the high profile media coverage attracted by traffic accidents the Community Transport Association (CTA) helped develop this scheme specifically to meet minibus drivers training requirements.

Who is this course for?

MiDAS training courses are applicable to any organisation operating or using minibuses. Organisations range from small independent or voluntary organisations operating one vehicle, to local authorities or larger commercial organisations operating large fleets of minibuses as well as schools, colleges and universities. The minimum age for drivers to undertake MiDAS training is 21 the maximum age is 65 and they should have held a full and valid licence including D1 entitlement for over two years.

Unit content

Classroom session:

  • Introduction to trainer
  • Course description
  • Handbook issue
  • Worksheet session
  • Law & good practice awareness
  • Legal responsibilities
  • Passenger safety
  • Child passenger safety
  • Defensive driving
  • Manual handling awareness
  • Health & safety awareness
  • Accident & emergency procedures
  • Personal safety for drivers
  • Practical assessment:
  • Theory assessments are 80% pass mark

Driving assessment:

  • 1 hour on the road observation
  • Reversing operations


  • Unsuccessful candidates will require
  • additional training to meet the standards
Course duration