The community minibus has arrived. We are now looking for drivers. If you are a member of an organisation within the village we would invite you to put forward the name of someone who could act as your driver. We will pay for the training and each driver will be officially MIDAS (minibus driver awareness scheme) qualified.
Any other people are welcome to train as general community drivers. It is important that we have a reasonable number of drivers as we cannot prevail upon the same few people every time. If possible, each organisation should put forward the name of, and use its own driver.
You need to meet the criteria for driving a 17 seater minibus. Please check below. Details of hiring the bus will be published as soon as we have a list of qualified drivers.
Please print out and fill in the slip below if you are prepared to be trained as a driver. You must have a current clean driving licence. Eric will contact you to let you know when and where the training will be.
MIDAS Training Criteria
1. If you passed your car driving test before 1997, you are licenced to drive a minibus. Check that you have the correct entitlement on your licence:
On older-style licences: Groups A, E.
On newer-style licences: D1 (restriction 1 or 101, not for hire or reward).
2. If you passed your car driving test after 1 January 1997, you must meet all of the following conditions:
Aged 21 or over.
Have held a full licence (category B) for 2 years.
You will be driving on a voluntary basis.
The minibus is used for social purposes. In practice this means you need to operate under a Small Bus Permit (Minibus Permit).
The minibus has a maximum weight of no more than 3.5 tonnes (or 4.25 tonnes where a minibus has a passenger lift or ramp). This may mean volunteers cannot drive the larger, heavier minibuses.
No trailer can be towed.
Minibus (MIDAS) Training Application