Learn to drive a minibus
MiDAS minibus driver training
Leeds Alternative Travel has extensive experience in training people to drive minibuses. We deliver Minibus Driver Awareness Training (MiDAS) programmes during the course of the year.
If you are a Group Transport member and you would like to self drive one of our minibuses, then, subject to these conditions, you will need a current MiDAS certificate to be able to do this. MiDAS is the national standard for minibus drivers in the voluntary and public sector.
Our MiDAS training is delivered by instructors who bring years of practical experience that will help you get the most out of your course. The course consists of a one day classroom session and a separate individual one hour on-road driving assessment. The programme includes:
- Legal responsibilities of driving a minibus
- Safe and environmentally friendly driving techniques
- Vehicle familiarisation and checking
- The correct use of passenger lifts and wheelchair restraints
- A certificate valid for 4 years upon successful completion
Each training course starts promptly at 9.30am and finishes at about 4.30pm. You will need to bring the training fee, your UK driving licence (both photo card and paper parts), and a passport-size photo along with you on the day.
The morning session: The first session is classroom-based, which consists of course registration, minibus driving and the law, defensive and environmental driving technique theories and a multiple choice test. This should last about 3.5 hours.
The afternoon session: After lunch, the second session consists of some classroom and some ‘hands on’ practical tuition regarding accessible equipment – i.e. the correct way to clamp wheelchairs onto a minibus and the passenger lift operation. This should last about 2.5 hours.
The practical assessment: The trainer will make individual arrangements on the day with you for a suitable date and time for you to return to undertake the third part of the course, the on-road driving assessment. This is usually carried out on the following day. Please allow up to 90 minutes for your on-road assessment. The full course must be completed in order to obtain a MiDAS certificate.
MiDAS Driver Training Standard 1 day course: £75.00 per driver
MiDAS Driver Training Accessible minibus 1 day course: £95.00 per driver
MiDAS Driver Training refresher course: £45.00 per driver
MiDAS Minibus Driver’s Handbook: £10.00 each
Leeds Alternative Travel
179 Water Lane Holbeck
Leeds LS11 9UD
We may be able to hold courses 'off-site' if required. If this is something of interest, please telephone 0113 3868887 or 0113 3868880 and ask to speak to Mark Varley or Christopher Meeson.
*Please note: Prices may change subject to location of request for the course.
Our courses are available on the dates shown in the booking form below which are based on groups of 4-5 people. However, we aim to be flexible, so if one of our published dates don't suit your needs. Please contact us by calling 0113 386 8887 or 0113 386 8880 or via e-mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org who will seek to assist you.
You need to be over 21 and have held a full UK car licence for at least 2 years. If you have 6 points or more, or recent driving bans, please speak to us in advance or be prepared to wait for insurance company clearance before you drive. Some foreign (non-UK) licences are acceptable – please ask in advance.