The course is designed to improve passenger safety and comfort and develop driving skills. It consists of an element for drivers of standard minibuses and additional elements for those who wish to drive accessible vehicles. 'Accessible' refers to a vehicle that has facilities to enable a wheelchair user to board and alight using a passenger lift or ramp, and specialist equipment to secure both the user and their wheelchair.
Drivers attending the courses will be assessed to ensure driving skills are of an acceptable standard and provided with coaching if needed to improve those skills. The standard process includes:
- defensive driving
- the Safety and Comfort of Passengers
- health and safety Issues
- the legal requirements
In addition accessible training covers important topics such as:
- the use of passenger lifts and ramps
- wheelchair and passenger restraining systems
- techniques for assisting passengers
- evacuation techniques for emergencies
- disability awareness
- the legal considerations
Standard drivers attend a one-day general theory session that includes an on-road assessment of their driving and a multiple choice theory assessment.
Drivers of accessible minibuses continue with an additional half day theory and practical session followed by a multiple choice theory assessment. This concludes with a practical assessment of their ability to use the accessible features of the vehicle safely.
For a MiDAS qualification certificate to be issued all the applicable elements must be completed and the assessments passed. Facilities exist to enable re-takes where this is needed. Every attempt is made to try and achieve this during the course.
At the conclusion of training, students will receive a certificate valid for 4 years.