Minibus Driver Awareness scheme

MiDAS is the Minibus Driver Awareness scheme, overseen by the Community Transport Association U.K. (CTA) which promotes a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers. Its is a membership based scheme that is designed to enhance safe minibus driving standards and promote the safer operation of minibuses, currently there are over 5,000 member organisations throughout the UK.

Benefits of the MiDAS Scheme for Organisations & Individuals


Improved passenger safety & reassurance


Increased driver & staff awareness of their responsibilities toward their passengers, public and their vehicle


Potential reduced insurance premiums as many insurance companies recognise the MiDAS scheme

Reduce Costs

Potential to reduce vehicle costs through enhanced ECO driver training


Nationally recognised certification


Potential to enhance the public image for your organisation, school or university


Passenger Assistance Training Scheme

PATS was developed from the MiDAS training scheme. There are around 2000 members of the scheme and around 31000 trained Passenger Assistants.


The main aims are to improve safety standards for anyone that needs care, supervision or assistance when traveling by road.


A Passenger Assistant can be trained in several modules depending upon the needs of the passengers.These modules are:

Passenger Assistant.

The Role of a Passenger Assistant.

Awareness & Assistance.

Passenger Awareness and Assistance.

Wheelchair Assistance

Assisting passengers who travel in their wheelchair.

Supervising Special Needs.

Supervising children and young children with special needs.

Care & Supervision.

Working with adults who require care and supervision.


Minibus Training

Any person that passed their test after 1st January 1997 does not have a category D1 on their licence. If you are driving a Minibus on a category B car licence, then there are several restrictions as to what you can drive. Some individuals may be driving a vehicle illegally without knowing.


Our aim is to train individuals to be a safe and confident driver in order to pass their D1 Minibus test. We will cover several topics and the reverse exercise. Training will be tailored to suit the needs of the individual.

We have a LWB Ford Transit that is used for the training.  If you have your own vehicle that is test standard then we can train you in you own vehicle if you prefer.

  In order to take the Minibus test you must first pass a PCV medical.
To gain a D1 licence there are four modules.

1 Theory Test and a Hazard Perception Test.(2 separate tests)
2 Case Studies Test.
3 Practical Driving Test.
4 Practical Demonstration Test.

Modules 1 &3 need to be carried out and passed to get a category D1 Vocational licence. If you are going to drive professionally then you must also pass modules 2&4 to gain your initial CPC card.

Do you need Training?

Due to the flexible offer of our training provision, We can deliver any or all the modules to your organisation depending upon the needs of your passengers.

This can take anywhere between 1 and 2 days, depending on the modules you choose.

For further details, please call us on 07707 336351 or email at