A minibus driver that passes a driver training course may be qualified for greater discounts on their minibus insurance. The Community Transport Association (CTA) is the lead UK body for voluntary and local area transport. They oversee two minibus driver training plans which are perceived by most insurance companies, MiDAS and CommunityDriver.
MiDAS (Minibus Driver Training Scheme) is a nationally perceived plan organized by CTA for the assessment and training of minibus drivers. It was originally evolved by Hampshire County Council and furnishes organizations with a standard to train their drivers to.
MiDAS is suitable not just for small organizations that operate one minibus however for larger companies operating an armada of vehicles. CTA have appointed various training agents who can visit an organization to assess and train the drivers. Or then again the training can be undertaken in house once a company representative has passed CAT’s Driver Assessor/Trainers (DAT) assessment.
Areas that are shrouded in the MiDAS test include:
- Minibus driving abilities to an acceptable standard.
- General defensive driving.
- Driver’s personal safety.
- Passenger safety.
- Roadside inspections.
- Breakdown and accident methodology.
- Legal prerequisites for drivers.
- Disability awareness.
- Use of passenger safety, access and storage hardware.
- Passenger assistance.
As well as potential reductions on minibus insurance, the MiDAS test increases a driver’s confidence, reducing their degrees of stress. Passenger safety and comfort is improved. And the MiDAS certificate enhances a minibus organization’s image.
Changes to driving license legislation on first January 1997 require all licenses issued after this date to have D1 classification for driving a minibus.
To obtain a D1 license a driver should pass a theory test, a hazard perception test and then undertake a full medical. The CommunityDriver conspire gives all that is needed to obtain the license, including locally based trainers and learning materials and read more on driving instructors. Tests are arranged at convenient locations for the driver.
A minibus can be driven on a category B (car) license, without a D1 classification, however only if the following conditions are met:
- The minibus is not being used available and reward.
- The driving license has been held for more than 2 years and the driver is more than 21. Drivers more than 70 should satisfy the health guidelines needed for a D1 license.
- Payment cannot be accepted for driving the minibus.
- The heaviness of the minibus should not surpass 3.5 tons. This breaking point is raised to 4.25 tons when special gear for disabled passengers is being carried.
- Trailers cannot be towed.