In the current climate where Health and Safety is paramount and the course below is brought to you under the MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) umbrella. MiDAS is an award winning Nationally Recognised training scheme developed by Hampshire County Council but delivered nationally by qualified Driver Assessor Trainers.
This course is suitable for those who drive cars, MPV’s and single occupancy WAV’s (wheelchair accessible vehicles) in the care sector. It aims to provide the drivers of cars and MPVs (vehicles able to carry up to 8 passengers) training on how to transport passengers safely, comfortably and with dignity, the course covers both able and disabled passenger transport.
This course is broken down into four modules;
Module A – Foundation module all delegates attend this. Deals with driving law, driving safely, assisting passengers with sight loss, walking difficulties, hearing loss etc.
Module B – Transporting passengers who passengers travel in their wheelchairs
Module C1 – Transporting children and young people with learning difficulties
Module C2 – Transporting adults with learning difficulties
Course runs for one to one and a half days depending on which modules are required for up to four drivers.
Depend on which modules are attended, if all modules are attended the driver will be trained and assessed on
- driving for safety and economy, driving law, transporting passengers with walking difficulties, sight loss, and transporting passengers who travel in their wheelchairs. The drivers will also be trained and assessed on transporting children and young people with learning difficulties and adults with learning difficulties.
- They will be able to identify any shortcomings in the transportation package and know what to report and who to report those issues to.
- All the above is confirmed by way of a theory assessment and practical skills assessments.
- Nationally recognised certificates are issued on successful completion and last for four years after which refresher training is recommended to renew their certificates and update their knowledge.
All courses use various methods of engagement including Presentations, Q and A, Case studies, Group discussions, Short Films and Course hand-outs.