Driver Training

Assessment and training of minibus drivers designed to enhance minibus driving standards and promote greater safety.

If you wish to drive a minibus and you have gained your driving licence before 1st January 1997 you will be able to drive a D1 category vehicle. However, if you have obtained your licence after 1st January 1997, you will not have the D1 category licence and will be required to undergo D1 training to drive a D1 vehicle legally.

Driving licences obtained before 1st January 1997 already hold the D1 category but with the 101 restriction in place. This means that while you can drive a minibus, you cannot drive it for hire or reward.

If you wish to gain your D1 licence you are required to undergo a D1 training course and test. To take the test, you must hold a valid category B licence and be at least 21-years old.

You may drive a minibus if:

  • You’re 21-Years Old
  • You’ve Had Your Driving Licence for 2-Years or More
  • You Meet ‘Group 2 Medical Standards’ If You’re Over 70
  • You’re Driving on a Voluntary Basis & The Minibus is Used for Social Purposes by a Non-Commercial Body
  • The Maximum Weight of the Minibus is No More Than 3.5 Tonnes or 4.25 Tonnes Including Specialist Equipment
  • You’re Not Towing a Trailer

Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme

Nationally recognised standard for assessment & training

Rivervale Driver Care

MiDAS is the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme.

The scheme provides a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers and has been designed to enhance minibus driving standards and promote the safer operation of minibuses.

Most volunteer drivers driving for community organisations and schools are now required to have and maintain their MiDAS qualification in order to carry out their duties, no matter what their normal driving licence may already entitle them to drive a minibus, minibus training for schools is essential.

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