Who needs the MiDAS qualification?
All drivers must have a current MiDAS qualification in order to drive our minibuses.
What is MiDAS?
MiDAS (Minibus Drivers Awareness Scheme) is an award winning, nationally recognised, assessment and training scheme for minibus drivers in the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors.
MiDAS is administered nationally by CTA UK (Community Transport Association UK).
MiDAS Assessment provision
We have a trained MiDAS assessor to undertake the classroom based theory and on road driving assessment. The qualification is valid for 4 years, after which time you just need to complete a renewal assessment to remain qualified.
Standard or Accessible Certificate
There are 2 levels of assessment – standard and accessible.
The standard assessment provides information on passenger safety, child passenger safety, defensive driving, accident and emergency procedure and responsibilities of a minibus driver.
The accessible assessment module is compulsory for drivers who intend to carry passengers with mobility difficulties (e.g. those travelling in wheelchairs and those who may require using the passenger lift). It includes information on securing wheelchairs within the minibus and use of the passenger lift in additition to the information included in the standard assessment.
How much does a MiDAS assessment cost?
The cost of the assessments are as follows:
Standard Assessment is £116.40 (price will change from 1st January 2020)
Accessible Assessment is £138.00 (price will change from 1st January 2020)
You can renew your MiDAS certificate for £64.80 (price will change from 1st January 2020). You can’t renew a MiDAS certificate if it has expired more than 3 months ago.
If you would like to book a date for more than 1 person you can do it for a GROUP of up to 4 people. Every person needs to be examined for the same type of assessment (E.g. standard) and on the same day. Please contact us for prices.
What are the requirements for the assessment?
You must be over 21 years of age and hold a full (not provisional) current driving licence.
It is preferable for drivers to have a D1 entitlement on their driving licence. If drivers do not have a D1 entitlement they are limited to drive buses under a certain weight. Currently Community Transport only has a couple of buses under this weight which will restrict the availability of suitable buses to drive.
Drivers who passed their car-driving test on or after 1st January 1997 will not automatically have a D1 entitlement on their licence and are therefore required to meet higher medical standards and take a further test to obtain a D1 entitlement to drive a minibus in the U.K. and abroad.
Drivers who passed their test before 1st January 1997 retain their D1 entitlement to drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats in the U.K. Community Transport still requires that all drivers have a valid MiDAS qualification as well.
Apply for a MiDAS assessment
Fill our online MIDAS Assessment Registration Form: MIDAS ONLINE FORM. You will be asked some questions such as:
- Personal details
- Who is paying for your assessment
- Details to check your driving licence online(by providing your NIN or a check code)
- To upload a copy of your driving licence (back and front)
- Other driving history questions
- The type of assessment you would like to take: STANDARD or ACCESSIBLE
You can also look for AVAILABILITY and MAKE your own BOOKING or for your organisation. Please allow at least 1.5 weeks to book in advance or contact us first to check the availability for next week.
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How long does the assessment take?
The assessment usually starts at 10:00 and takes 3.5 h for standard (2.75 h theory + 0.75 h driving) and 4.5 h for accessible (1 hour more for wheelchairs).
Where will the assessment take place?
It normally takes place at our office and premises.
However the instructor could travel to your side. You will need to provide a room for the Theory part of the assessment. There is some extra cost for this option depending on the distance.
The driving part of the assessment could be done with one of our vehicles or you may prefer to use your own.
Already MiDAS qualified?
Please ensure that you keep us informed of any changes to the information supplied when you applied for your MiDAS membership.