It is essential that you have D1 on your driving licence, either by virtue of passing your car driving test before 1997 or by passing a D1 test from 1997 onwards. Successful applicants will be given MiDAS training in respect of driving the minibuses and safely securing and transporting people with disabilities.
Duties include morning and afternoon runs to and from day centres and schools as well as educational trips on behalf of schools or excursions to places of interest, shopping centres or pub lunches for elderly people during the middle part of the day.
Applications must be made by downloading,completing and returning the application form to us at the address given on the form.
Passenger Assistants provide care and support for passengers with particular needs whilst travelling on the minibuses. Successful applicants will be given training as appropriate.
What sort of people are we looking for?
We are looking for people with a caring and patient nature. All potential employees will be subject to an enhanced CRB check and will need to meet Surrey County Council's requirements for the issue of Blue or Red Badges for drivers and passenger assistants.
MiDAS & PATS courses originated with Hampshire County Council and are available nationwide through the Community Transport Association to give nationally recognised qualifications.
ESRTP runs MiDAS courses on an ad-hoc basis, but as a community transport minibus company such courses are always subject to our own operational priorities.
Costs are currently £90 + VAT per driver for the Standard Induction Course and £120 + VAT for the Accessible Induction Course. Both include a MiDAS handbook. Refresher courses are £10 less in each case unless a new handbook is required.
We normally seek to train external organisations using their own minibus, but if the use of an ESRTP minbus is required then there is an additional change of £10 plus VAT per driver.
We usually only run MiDAS courses for organisations and based in the eastern boroughs and districts of Surrey, principally Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead and Tandridge. For information about courses for schools in east Surrey please see the MiDAS for Schools section below.
For courses in other parts of Surrey, please contact the nearest of the Community Transport organisations listed below:
West & Mid-Surrey
Woking Community Transport (Woking Bustler)
For those living in parts of Surrey close to London Boroughs, the following organisations provide MiDAS training:
020 8665 0861
020 8572 8204
020 8942 1745
020 8683 3944
We can run courses for school staff who have D1 on their driving licences. We can also include school staff who passed their car test from 1997 onwards who have just a B licence, but it is only possible for them to drive a minibus that is up to 3.5 tonnes Maximum Authorised Mass/Gross Vehicle Weight or 4.25 tonnes if the minibus is accessible by means of a passenger lift or ramp.
Before booking courses schools are advised to check the MAM/GVW of their bus which can be found on a plate or sticker under the bonnet, inside the front door frame or under the driver's seat. It will be the second heaviest weight on the plate.
The theory session of the course is upto 3 hours in a classroom followed by driving assessments of up to 75 minutes for each driver. We would normally ask that all staff be released from their duties to do the theory session together one morning and then individually on subsequent dates to do the drives.
If your organisation is looking to train a large number of drivers you may find it more economic to train a member of your own staff to deliver the training in-house. The Community Transport Association website has information on how to become a trainer and a list of MiDAS Training Agencies that train trainers:
Page updated 17 May 2021
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