Is there any additional training our drivers should receive?

In all cases, but particularly where an additional driving test in a minibus has not been required, it is good practice to have drivers assessed and trained in minibus driving and passenger safety before they take passengers out. MiDAS - Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme - provides a structured programme for the assessment and training of drivers.

If your drivers or passenger assistants are expected to operate a passenger lift on your vehicles it is a legal requirement that they receive training to do so correctly.

Further information can be found on the CTA’s web site at www.ctauk.org.  Under the MiDAS arrangements drivers are reassessed every four years to ensure they remain competent. Reduced insurance premiums are available to CTA Member organisations that adopt the MiDAS training scheme.

A similar scheme is available for MPV drivers. See www.ctauk.org for details.

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