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Costs, dates and practicalities

All you need to know to get started with MiDAS training

How much does it cost?

MiDAS costs a basic £20.00 per driver for drivers living, working or volunteering in Hackney, attending courses in Hackney. We are grateful to receive funding for this from Hackney Council. The charge is £60.00 per driver for those from elsewhere. Please enquire for group rates.

MiDAS Minibus Driver’s Handbook £10.00 each. This is optional, but useful.

Hi-Viz Vest for drivers using HCT minibuses (mandatory for those not providing own) £5.00 each

If you are a Group Transport member already, no VAT is chargeable, otherwise VAT applies at the standard rate.

Where is the course held?

HCT Group Ash Grove Bus Depot Mare Street Hackney London E8 4RH

When is the next course?

Our next courses in Hackney are all held on Mondays:

  • 23rd March
  • 6th and 27th April
  • 11th and 18th May
  • 1st, 15th and 29th June

We can also deliver this course at your venue if several people wish to attend. Please contact us for dates and availability.

Additional dates can be arranged for groups wishing to train together, including weekends and evenings; minimum five participants.

Are there any course restrictions?

You need to be over 21 and have held a full UK car licence for at least 2 years. The photocard licence (if held) must be in date. Old-style paper licences are still acceptable. If you have 6 points or more, or recent driving bans, please speak to us in advance or be prepared to wait for insurance company clearance before you drive. Some foreign (non-UK) licences are acceptable – please ask in advance.

If you wish to drive minibuses as a PAID JOB, you will need a category D1 on your licence. This can be with the restriction code, 101, if driving minibuses operated by non-profit organisations for pay.

If the minibus you tell us you wish to drive is over the WEIGHT LIMIT for your category B ONLY licence, we will not train you, as you would be driving illegally and not insured. Do contact us if you have any doubts.

If I have questions?

For all enquiries regarding MiDAS training, please contact us on 020 7275 2414 or by email to

You can book your place for the course online here or by calling 020 7275 2414