Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme

MiDAS is the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme, organised by the Community Transport Association U.K. (CTA) which promotes a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers.

MiDAS is applicable to any organisation operating or using minibuses. The Health and Safety Executive now regards driving as one of the most dangerous regular activities that most people do. Statistically, working as a driver is almost as dangerous as being a deep sea fisherman or working in a quarry, and more dangerous than working in the construction industry.

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, organisations have a responsibility to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to all their staff, and a responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of everyone affected by the organisation. This is further endorsed under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which also place a duty on organisations to provide appropriate training to staff. So there is a clear, legal, obligation to ensure your drivers are trained.

During the course drivers will learn about:


  • Driving for Safety and Economy
  • Drivers’ legal responsibilities
  • Passenger safety
  • Health and safety awareness
  • Manual handling awareness
  • Personal safety for drivers
  • Collision and breakdown procedures.

They also undertake an extensive, on-road assessment of their driving skills and a written, multiple-choice theory assessment before being awarded a certificate.

Drivers of accessible vehicles undertake further training in the skills and knowledge they require to safely use an accessible vehicle and they must successfully complete a practical skills assessment before being issued with their certificate.

MiDAS training lasts for 1 day and the accessible 1½ days

Training can be done on site or at our training centre in Slough.

Cameron KinrossMinibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS)