Wednesday, 23 January 2013

The Wirksworth Hopper

Dear all

As an additional attraction for our visitors arriving at Wirksworth, we are proposing to introduce a mini bus service to Carsington Water on six Saturdays of the summer holiday. The vehicle used would be the community bus based in Wirksworth and would operate perhaps 4 round trips on the day.

For this proposal to work there would need to be a small pool of EVR drivers with a D1 provision on their licence (automatic for anyone who passed their test before 1997). In order for us to do this professionally however, we would wish drivers to receive a Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) certificate. The training for this takes the form of a two-day course covering theory, health and safety, dealing with any disabled passengers and a driving test using the 16 seater minibus. This is a national certificate and could be used anywhere in the UK.

Would anyone interested in volunteering for one of these sessions in this way or if you already have a MiDAS or other bus qualification and feel you could help, please let me know on my return email of

All the best,