The programme enhances and brings awareness skills to the thousands of drivers, passengers and volunteers using minibuses through the course of their work. As everyone agrees the task of driving a minibus requires skills over and above those required to drive a car.
At Four Towns and Vale Link Community Transport we are proud to have our own MIDAS trainers ensuring our staff and volunteers are trained to a high standard recognised nationally. The scheme started in Hampshire where a detailed study of minibus driving and a consultation with voluntary and statutory groups operated minibuses. The outcome was that all MIDAS trained drivers will:
- Be assessed to ensure their driving skills are of an acceptable standard.
- Given help where necessary to improve their minibus driving skills.
- Be aware of the legal, practical and safety issues surrounding minibus driving.
- Be trained in the safe use of wheelchair accessible minibuses where necessary.
- Receive a certificate that is acceptable by other MIDAS members.
Training is carried out in our training suite, in pleasant surroundings which is easily accessed from all areas by good road links. We can be flexible with dates, times to suit an individual’s existing commitments. We supply light refreshments, during regular breaks in the schedule.
Our Vehicles are fully accessible with the correct specialist equipment enabling us to train prospective drivers on how to use the tail lift and secure someone who is in a wheelchair.
JUST LOOK AT THE COMMENTS WE HAVE RECIEVED;-
Bradley Stoke School-Good driving experience i.e practical element of the course.
Very welcoming and friendly throughout.
Bradley Stoke School–Good days course. Enjoyed course. Strongly recommended.
Callicroft School–Bob was very supportive and helpful.
Olympus Academy trust–Greatest strength of the course was the long practical sessions.
Olympus Academy trust–I felt happy with the course content. It was easy to access and understand.
Filton Hill primary school-Practical driving opportunities.
Theory side of the course was easy to follow.
Opportunity to drive in different areas (e.g country lanes, busy roads)
Charborough Road School–The practical aspect of the course.
Bradley Stoke School–Interesting nice leaders.
Stoke lodge School–Good days course. Enjoyed course. Strongly recommended.
Prices for MIDAS Training
*Training is free for Four Towns and Vale Link volunteers.
- Standard Midas Training comprising 1 full day-£100
- Full Accessible Training held during the week comprising 2 days-£150
- Refresher Accessible Training during the week comprising 1 full day-£80
*20% discount for 4 or more people.
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