CAMDAS Minibus Licence
This notification contains important information for current and past users of Cambridgeshire County Council’s ‘MIDAS’ minibus driver assessment scheme.
Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a new user of our new driver training services below.
Many of you will be aware that, the County Council has launched its own CCC in-house away Minibus/MPV driver assessment scheme, called ‘CAMDAS’.
We are pleased to announce that we have finally appointed our new ‘CAMDAS’ trainers/assessors, who will be conducting Minibus/MPV assessments from FEBRUARY 2018.
Clients will see many similarities with the former ‘MiDAS’ scheme, i.e.
- types of assessments available
- application forms and approval process.
Key changes with ‘CAMDAS’ include:
- Pricing Structure – in order to offer affordable, cost effective assessments to clients, course prices will be continually reviewed and so may vary from time, but will be clearly communicated to clients on application, including details of any discounts for multiple assessments at one location, where possible. Clients will be billed for their assessments on approval of their application.
- Booking Assessments – the new ‘CAMDAS’ trainers will arrange this directly with clients, on mutually convenient dates/times and locations, Clients will no longer need to do this. Multiple assessments will still be possible at one location, as before.
- Minibus Driving Guide – as an alternative to the former ‘MiDAS’ classroom theory sessions, all ‘CAMDAS’ clients will receive a copy of this on approval of their application. Clients should read this prior to their on-road assessment and raise any questions with their trainer.
- ‘CAMDAS’ Certificates – electronic copies of these will be emailed to clients. However, physical copies will still be available on special request.
- Expiry Dates – ‘CAMDAS’ certificates will now be valid for 5 years instead of 4 years. Clients will receive renewal reminders 3 months beforehand.
Clients waiting for outstanding assessments are requested to return completed application forms to me at their earliest convenience and we will endeavour to process these for you, as quickly as we can.
As a reminder, all expired ‘MiDAS’ certificates were and remain extended, until drivers are able to take their new ‘CAMDAS’ assessment with us.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the delay in launching our new ‘CAMDAS’ scheme, but are very grateful to our establishments for their patience and cooperation and numerous correspondence in this.
Indeed, individual replies will be sent shortly to those of you, who have emailed with more specific enquiries.
I hope the above helps, but please contact me if you need anything more.
We look forward to supporting all your future driver training needs at ‘CAMDAS’.
Ann Marie Bailey, ‘CAMDAS’ Scheme Manager
Road Safety Officer (Driver Training), Cambridgeshire County Council
Highways Service, Box C4, Vantage House, Washingley Rd
Huntingdon, PE29 6SR
Tel 01223 699 471 / 07867 550 329