Minibus Training


“Community groups who have not previously used the UTASS minibuses can use the vehicles for single day use on a pick up full of fuel and return full of fuel basis throughout August 2018. Two wheel chair accessible vehicles, one 15 seat and one 10 seat, are available. For more information or to make a booking please contact UTASS on 01833 641010. “

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.

UTASS – User Vehicle Report


Our final Minibus Awareness training course has been held.  During the project 19 volunteer drivers have achieved the Midas minibus awareness qualification and 9 younger drivers have past the D1 Minibus Test.  Thanks to Teesdale Action Partnership’s funding, the Minibus Project will be of HUGE benefit to  voluntary organisations in and around Teesdale .

Andre (Instructor), with final D1 trainees, Laura & Rupert pictured with their test Certificates achieved in January 2017.

Congratulations to all those who have passed their D1 Test through the project, who are:

Vince Sewell                           Staindrop Scouts

Ian Sowerby                           Barnard Castle Scouts

Chris Elstob                            Teesdale YMCA

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 19 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.

Please read further for more details of the training which has been delivered:-

(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 was provided right up to the D1 Test.  From getting the medical, applying for the Provisional Minibus Entitlement, to taking the 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.