Minibus drivers awareness scheme

Midas was designed by Hampshire County Council, who still hold the rights to it. HCC still control the scheme within Hampshire, however, the outside of the county MiDAS is operated by Community Transport Association (CTA).

MiDAS is a nationally recognised scheme many councils and academy groups insist on before allowing staff to drive a minibus. It must be borne in mind that this is a voluntary scheme and does not give a driver any legal entitlement to drive a minibus and will not add a category to the driver's licence.

The training can only be delivered by MiDAS accredited Driver Assessor Trainers (DATs). These DATs, once qualified, must have refresher training every two years.

Any organisation wishing to benefit from this training must first register as a member of the scheme, once you have registered you will be issued with a MiDAS number, you will need this number before any training can take place. You can register for free by simply visiting ctauk.org

Minibus Leasing Lineup

The Training

The scheme is designed for anyone driving or about to start driving a minibus, even experienced drivers will gain from the experience, at the very least confirmation that they are a good driver.

The training will take a day and comprises both theoretical and practical elements.

Read more: Permit 19 Safety Inspections Explained

The day will usually start with the theory training, this is delivered by means of an interactive presentation and will cover aspects including; licences, vehicle checks, eco-driving and emergency situations. There will be plenty of opportunities for the delegates to ask questions. There then follows a multiple-choice assessment paper of 20 questions. Nothing to worry about all the answers are in the presentation.

Once the Theory session is completed there is an on-road practical driving assessment. While this is an assessment the trainer will at times give guidance to help the candidate achieve the required standard. The assessment will include some reversing and a variety of driving conditions.

The aim of the course is that by the end of it the delegated will be confident and comfortable in a minibus, driving with the skills and knowledge to ensure passenger and driver comfort and most importantly safety.

Ask an expert

Need expert advise regarding leasing? Submit your question now

Send a Question

eNews Signup

Our best vehicle leasing deals delivered direct to your inbox

Signup now

Callback Request

Request a callback from an experienced vehicle leasing advisor

Request callback

More from our blog…

Trustpilot LogoExcellent - 4.9 out of 52956 Verified Reviews

Claire Morgan TrustPilot 5 Star

I have recently taken possession of a car that I have leased through Rivervale and from start to finish, the service I received was excellent...

Added 3 days ago

George Efthymiou TrustPilot 5 Star

Great customer care. Would recommend this company to anyone wishing to lease

Added 5 days ago

Brad, Indigo Catering ... TrustPilot 5 Star

My experience with Rivervale was great, we hope to keep the relationship going with additional cars in the future. My salesman Jim was exceptional,...

Added 5 days ago

CustomStephen A Er TrustPilot 5 Star

My second vehicle with Rivervale and can’t fault there excellent service and help from order to delivery Many thanks to Jake and Ellie

Added 7 days ago

Andrew Bruce TrustPilot 5 Star

Top service, very efficient and will always beat any leasing quote. Jake is very attentive, helpful and always available to help you along every...

Added 7 days ago

Jay Patel TrustPilot 5 Star

Great service, informative, and most importantly they were honest and went out their way to keep me updated during the process!

Added 7 days ago

Paul Anderson TrustPilot 5 Star

I have now used Rivervale for the lease of multiple vehicles and cannot fault the service provided by Jordan and his team. We came to use Rivervale...

Added 11 days ago

Tom B TrustPilot 5 Star

Really helpful staff who kept me updated regarding the availability of my lease vehicle.

Added 18 days ago

Stephen Day TrustPilot 5 Star

Very helpful from start to finish

Added 18 days ago

Stephen TrustPilot 5 Star

Excellent service again from the leasing team at Rivervale. This is the second lease car I have obtained from them and again was hassle free...

Added 18 days ago

Arval Lex Autolease Alphabet BVRLA Seagulls Leaseplan Leasys Novuna Vehicle Solutions Santander ODO Fleet Insight ALD

We use cookies to make the website work as well as possible and improve our services.

Accept Cookies Managing cookies