35 years delivering driver education.
It’s an extension of the highly successful, nationally recognised, MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme). Organised by the CTA, it is a membership based scheme designed to improve driving standards and knowledge of drivers for small passenger carrying vehicles and cars. It is also intended to assist the operators of smaller vehicles in meeting their health and safety obligations.
The MiDAS Car & MPV course is applicable to any organisation operating or using vehicles with less than nine passenger seats. Member organisations trained by UK Global Road Safety range from the smaller voluntary organisations with one vehicle, to larger corporate and local authorities operating large fleets.
MiDAS Car & MPV operates on a ‘cascade’ approach. Community Transport Association CTA has appointed a number of Training Agents throughout the UK, who provide training for Driver Observers nominated from member organisations.
A Driver Observer delivers classroom based training to drivers, covering driving skills and passenger safety issues.
Following the training, the Driver Observer conducts an ‘observed drive’ where drivers get the opportunity to put
the skills they have learnt into practise.
It is important to understand that the Driver Observer does not deliver any on-road training.
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What’s involved in becoming a Driver Observer?
Anyone wishing to become a Driver Observer must undertake a thorough driving assessment conducted by a Training Agent (Training Agents should be DVSA Approved Driving Instructors). During this assessment, potential Driver Observers must be capable of demonstrating an ‘above average’ driving standard. On successful completion of their assessment, potential Driver Observers must attend a three day course for standard vehicles and a further day for wheelchair accessible vehicles. During this course potential Driver Observers will be required to pass a theory assessment, a presentation skills assessment and for those who will be training drivers of wheelchair accessible vehicles, an assessment of their practical skills.
What is covered in the training modules?
The course provides information and practical experience on how to undertake observed drives in an objective and consistent manner and emphasises the point that Driver Observers must not deliver any on-road training. It looks at how to structure observed drives and how to provide ‘classroom based’ safety training and refresher training.
The safety training, undertaken before drivers undertake an observed drive, can be delivered on a group or individual basis (although drivers will benefit far more if they are trained as a group). The training uses key
Each Driver Observer who attends is given a comprehensive observer’s manual that includes all the information from the course, along with audio visual material needed to run the safety training sessions. Driver Observer certificates are valid for 2 years after which refresher training is required.
What do drivers attending get out of this?
Drivers who successfully complete the training programme and an observed drive will receive a nationally recognised certificate valid for 4 years, as well as the option of purchasing the comprehensive‘ Car & MPV Driver’s Handbook’.
Our organisations drivers use their own cars, is the observed drive compulsory?
Organisations with volunteers who use their own cars may 'opt out' of the observed drive. However, UK Global Road Safety Ltd strongly recommend that all drivers responsible for driving others in vehicles should undertake an appropriate training course for the type of vehicle being driven. Drivers who do not undertake the observed drive will have this recorded on their certificates.
However, observed drives must be undertaken where drivers are driving vehicles belonging to your organisation.
If we join is there a membership fee?
No, organisations joining MiDAS Car & MPV will only be required to make the following commitment:
If you would like to discuss this aspect of MiDAS Training further or have questions concerning either MiDAS training in general or Car & MPV training please telephone our office.
Tel: 01452 347332 for more information.