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.
Please Note: ESRTP runs MiDAS courses on an ad-hoc basis subject to our own operational priorities. We can usually only run MiDAS courses for organisations based in the eastern boroughs and districts of Surrey, principally Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead and Tandridge.
As a result of Covid 19 all courses have been suspended until further notice, but will resume when deemed safe to do so.
For courses in other parts of Surrey, please contact the nearest of the following Community Transport organisations:
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
MiDAS Courses for Schools
We can run courses for school staff who have D1 on their driving licences. For school staff who passed their car test from 1997 onwards and who have just a B licence it is only possible 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.
Driver Assessor Trainers & PATS Trainers
If your organisation is looking to train a large number of drivers or passenger assistants 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 23 May 2020
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