FOR ANY VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION INTERESTED IN USING OUR MINIBUS PLEASE DO GIVE US A CALL ON 01833 641010 (WE ARE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAYS).
Please see below to download the UTASS Vehicle User Report form associated with the use of our minibuses, which outlines relevant licensing, insurance and Standard Permit (not for hire or reward) requirements. One minibus takes 14 passengers and requires drivers to hold a D1 Licence and the new one takes 9 passengers and does not require D1 on the licence. To cover costs it is £10/half day & £20 for a full day’s use, plus £1 per mile with special rates for educational use. We would welcome enquiries for minibus use from voluntary organisations.
The final free Minibus Awareness training course for those volunteer drivers with D1 on their licence, was held on two mornings, Monday, 20th June and Tuesday, 21st June from 9am at UTASS, however we did manage to squeeze another trainee on to a course held in Weardale in the middle of December. The first session covered standard minibuses and the second morning accessible minibuses, with a short drive with the Midas trainer after the sessions.
Thanks to Teesdale Action Partnership’s funding, the Minibus Project has now resulted in 9 newly qualified minibus drivers who have passed their D1 Test, which will be of HUGE benefit to their voluntary organisations in and around Teesdale.
Andre (Instructor), Laura & Rupert pictured with their test Certificates
Those who have passed their D1 Test through the project are:
Vince Sewell Staindrop Scouts
Ian Sowerby Barnard Castle Scouts
Chris Elstob Teesdale YMC
Gina Richardson UTASS
Lisa Creighton Barnard Castle Scouts
Sarah Pybus Franklin St Mary’s Church, Cockfield leading various clubs
Craig Mumberson Staindrop Scouts
Laura Carrick Teesdale Community Resources
Rupert Philbrick Music at The Heart of Teesdale
Congratulations too, to the 15 volunteer drivers who now have MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) certificates, lasting 4 years and who also have the MiDAS handbook provided as part of the course to refer to. Please feel free to download the brochure produced for this training below:
Please read further for more details of the two training options:-
(1) Certificated MiDAS training for those with D1 already on their licence is delivered on a group basis over 1.5 days in Middleton-in-Teesdale and includes Accessible Minibuses too. It uses key learning points from a number of areas:
- Legal Responsibilities of a Minibus Driver
- Passenger Safety
- Child Passenger Safety
- Defensive Driving
- Manual Handling Awareness
- Health & Safety Awareness
- Accident & Emergency Procedures
- Personal Safety for Drivers
“What do drivers get out of this? Drivers who successfully complete the MiDAS assessment and training programme will receive a nationally recognised certificate valid for four years, as well as the “MiDAS Driver’s Handbook” to refer to.
(2 ) For those who passed their car test after 1.1.97, step by step guidance and booking arrangements are provided right up to the D1 Test. From getting the medical, applying for the Provisional Minibus Entitlement, to taking your Theory Test (PCV Hazard Perception & PCV Multi-choice elements) followed by 4 days practical driving lessons (jointly with another trainee) and finally the D1 Test in Darlington on the 5th day.