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This course is for not-for-profit organisations that use minibuses.

The Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) is a national standard for assessing and training minibus drivers. It’s free to join for organisations that provide transport non-commercially for the benefit of the community.

Groups like this can charge a fee to people using their minibus, without the driver needing a passenger-carrying licence. But they need a permit to do this.

See not for profit passenger transport permits.

The course costs from £69 per person, based on a minimum of six course members. It will help improve your minibus skills and make you a safer driver.

What sort of course is it?

There’s a three-hour classroom-based session, and then a one hour, one-to-one assessment in your vehicle on the road.

You’ll learn how to reduce risks, be aware of your passengers, and be safer on the road.

If you complete the training, you’ll get a certificate showing you meet the MiDAS standard. To keep this recognition you would need to go on a refresher course within four years.


You must have the correct vehicle and driving licence to go on this course.

Check if you have the correct vehicle and driving licence.

If you have the correct vehicle and licence, contact us for dates and more information:
• Email:
• Phone: 0300 123 1518

Check if you have the correct vehicle and licence

You can go on this course if you drive a passenger-carrying vehicle with between nine and 16 passenger seats – not including the driver.

Your driving licence tells you if you are in the correct category:

Driving licence held from before 1 January 1997

Your licence needs to show category D1. It means you can drive a minibus without taking a special test.

Driving licence held from 1 January 1997 onwards

If your licence shows category B (car) you can drive a minibus if:

  • you only use it for non-commercial purposes, and not for individual payment or reward except expenses
  • you are 21 or older
  • you have had a category B licence for at least two years
  • the minibus weighs no more than 3.5 tonnes (or 4.25 tonnes if there is equipment for disabled passengers)
  • you do not tow a trailer

If you are 70 or over you need to make a special application, and meeting certain medical standards.