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Our minibus, a Ford Transit with capacity for 16 passengers is available to group members for non-commercial purposes. 

 

In order to comply with our insurance it is necessary for all users or groups to belong to Blairgowrie and District Next Steps.  This is through an associate group membership which is 60 per year.  There is a 25 booking fee per day which goes towards  fixed operating costs, and a charge of 25p (subject to fuel prices) per km travelled for fuel.  In addition users must bear responsibility for the insurance excess of 300 and also cover any other uninsured losses including loss of NCB in the event of an accident, or damage due to negligence or misuse.  All drivers must hold at least a D1(nfhr or 101) driving licence and a current MiDAS certificate, with no penalty points on their licence.  BaDNS has a pool of qualified drivers who may be available to drive the vehicle for you subject to reimbursement of their reasonable expenses. 

 

Annual Affiliate Membership   1 June - 31 May

60

Booking Fee ( towards fixed running costs)  

25 per day

Fuel charge. 

25p/km

Drivers' out of pocket expenses as appropriate

 

Care must be taken to ensure that overloading of the vehicle does not occur.  If necessary a trailer must be used for excess luggage, in which case the driver must hold a DE or D1E licence category.  Blairgowrie and District Next Steps are not responsible for recovery or repatriation of the vehicle or passengers, though will do what it can to assist in the event of an incident.

 

The vehicle is not available between 0800 to 1800 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or 0800 to 1400 on Wednesdays, as it is used for our regular programme.

 

Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS)

 

If prospective drivers do not hold a MiDAS certificate then we can provide training and assessment for both new drivers and those undertaking refresher courses.  These can be arranged on demand subject to diary availability.  The charge for this is from 75 per person.  Use of a minibus, drivers handbook and certificate (subject to satisfactory assessment) are included.  If you wish to be trained and/or assessed for an accessible bus then you will need to have access to your own suitable vehicle.  There is a minimum student number of 2 per course.  Training is firstly undertaken in a classroom group environment concluding with a short paper test, covering various aspects of theory as applicable to the carriage of passengers and good driving practice.  This is followed by a driving assessment which takes place on the road typically of around 70 minutes duration, and undertaken on a one to one basis.  A MiDAS certificate is valid for 4 years by which time it needs to be refreshed.   If you only hold a class B licence and can arrange a small minibus (with a MAM of not more than 3500kg) or an MPV for the driving assessment then you can take part as well.

 

The Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) is administered by the Community Transport Association.

 

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