Driving a Minibus

To drive a minibus in Mersey Weaver (regardless of who own's it), volunteers in all Groups and Units are required to complete either 

  • MiDAS training (renewed every four years)
  • Another ROSPA approved minibus competency test (renewed every four years)
  • Hold a PCV license or passed a separate (not inherited) D1 or D Driving Test as well as hold an ‘in date’ CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence)

What is MiDAS?

MiDAS is the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme, organised by the Community Transport Association and used by many Councils, schools and other youth organisations.

The course is inexpensive and provides participants with the legal information and practical experience needed to drive a Minibus confidently. There is both a theory and a practical element. It allows parents to be assured that their children are in safe hands when being driven in a vehicle.

We ask that leaders complete the training to ensure the safety of young people and to give everybody the opportunity to gain experience driving a vehicle of this size with a qualified instructor.

The training takes up as little as three hours of your time.

The Theory

The safety training can be delivered on a group or individual basis and covers a number of areas:

  • Legal Responsibilities of a Minibus Driver
  • Passenger Safety
  • Child Passenger Safety
  • Driving for Safety and Economy
  • Manual Handling Awareness
  • Health & Safety Awareness
  • Accident & Emergency Procedures
  • Personal Safety for Drivers

The Driving Assessment

This is a 90 minute on-the-road driving assessment to ascertain practical driving skills. The Trainer/Assessor will identify issues that need to be addressed and encourage the delegate to improve their driving skills.
It includes:

  • A demonstration drive to show the standard required
  • The opportunity to familiarise yourself with the vehicle
  • An assessment of your driving skill and competence

If you hold a District appointment i.e. you are an Explorer Leader, ASU Member, DC/ADC we will pay for you to participate in the course. If you hold an appointment in a Group, speak with your GSL about funding the training.

District Minibuses

We are extremely fortunate to have two Minibuses which are available to use for Scouting by our local groups and enable more adventurous activities and nights away experiences

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