Training

In common with all organisations Community Transport organisations must ensure that volunteers and staff (particularly drivers) have the appropriate qualifications and experience to fulfil their roles. The main areas of concern are;

Driver Licensing and Testing:

training5Volunteer and paid drivers working for community transport organisations must have the appropriate level of entitlement on their driving licence. For minibuses and small buses the requirement is to have the D1 category. Prior to 1997 this category was automatically granted to people who passed a car test but this is no longer the case and the changes to the licensing system are a significant issue for community transport organisations. The provision of D1 training and testing is a major strand of the PSP project.

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Driver Training:

MiDAS is the award winning Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme, managed by the Community Transport Association. MiDAS is a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers. A similar programme is also available for MPV and car drivers. The scheme is designed to enhance driving standards and promote the safe operation of vehicles.

The objectives of MiDAS are that drivers will:

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  • Be assessed to ensure their driving skills are of an acceptable standard
  • Be given help where necessary to improve their minibus driving skills
  • Be aware of the legal, practical and safety issues surrounding minibus driving
  • Be trained and assessed in the safe use of wheelchair accessible minibuses where necessary
  • Receive a certificate that is accepted by other MiDAS members

The following WoSCTN members provide this training:
Coalfield Community Transport
Community Transport Glasgow
Getting Better Together
North Area Transport Association
Red Cross Ayrshire & Arran
Southwest Community Transport

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Passenger Assistant Training:

Passenger Assistant Training (PATS) has been developed to enable passenger assistants to carry out their responsibilities safely and effectively.

The general objectives of PATS are that passenger assistants will:

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  • Be aware of the legal, practical and safety issues surrounding the passenger assistant role
  • Be given help, where necessary, to improve their skills
  • Receive training on how to meet the specific needs of their passenger groups
  • Pass a theory assessment to ensure their knowledge and understanding is of an acceptable standard
  • Receive a certificate that is accepted by other PATS members throughout the country

The following WoSCTN members provide this training:
Coalfield Community Transport
Community Transport Glasgow
Getting Better Together
North Area Transport Association
Red Cross Ayrshire & Arran
Southwest Community Transport

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Emergency Training:

The Out in 3 Emergency Evacuation training, which stands for ‘Passengers Out’, ‘Fire Brigade Out’, ‘Stay Out’, provides guidelines for efficient vehicle evacuation and offers an opportunity for the safe practice of evacuation procedures. It also seeks to promote good working practices by raising awareness that the requirement to evacuate a vehicle could happen to you.

The key objectives of this training are to ensure that participants:

  • Understand their responsibilities regarding passenger assistance
  • Receive guidelines on efficient emergency vehicle evacuation
  • Have a vehicle familiarisation and evacuation demonstration
  • Take a lead in at least one practical evacuation exercise
  • Participate in and observe other practical exercises
  • Complete a course report and review quiz

The following WoSCTN members provide this training:
Coalfield Community Transport
Community Transport Glasgow
Getting Better Together
North Area Transport Association
Red Cross Ayrshire & Arran
Southwest Community Transport