Volunteer & Driver Training
What is MiDAS?
MiDAS is the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme 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. Fermanagh Community Transport is the organisation who delivers MIDAS training in Fermanagh. We run 5 hour courses throughout the year which consist of minibus driving theory in a classroom environment with a multiple choice exam at the end of it. Following the classroom based element of the training, all students will complete a one hour practical examination out on the road in one of our 16 seater minibuses with our instructor. MiDAS membership lasts for 4 years.
Training in the skills required to drive a minibus. Delegates will learn:
Thorough knowledge of the legal responsibilities of a minibus driver and duty of care
What your licence entitles you to drive
Department for Transport codes of practice in the safe carriage of passengers
Good practice in passenger comfort
Health and safety at work for drivers
Manoeuvring of vehicles
Defensive driving techniques
Information on FCT hire policies and procedures
Minibus fire evacuation
Who is it aimed at?
MiDAS is applicable to any organisation operating or using minibuses. Member organisations include sports clubs, youth groups, community groups, church groups and a range of individuals who want to help out in the community by driving a minibus. If a driver has a D1 category on driving license then the driver can drive up to a 16 seater minibus provided they have passed MIDAS. If a driver has just a B1 category on their driving license then the driver can drive up to a 10 seater minibus provided they have passed MIDAS.
What will I gain from completing MiDAS?
Improved driving skills, a nationally recognised driving qualification which will help employability and the ability to drive a 16 seater minibus hired from Fermanagh Community Transport or other provider.
How much will it cost?
The MiDAS qualification costs £50 per person which includes both the theory session with exam and the practical driving test. The fee is payable on booking a place on the course and is non-refundable. Click here for a MIDAS booking form.
For more information on the MiDAS course or to express your interest in participating in a MiDAS course, please contact Fermanagh Community Transport on 028 6632 4260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.