There are two parts of the induction to complete, a theory and a practical part. All Union Approved Drivers have to have passed this induction for insurance purposes, and to ensure that you are up to standard of driving the Union expects.
You must complete the Theory test before you undertake your Practical test. The theoretical test involves familiarizing yourself with the training materials, related to minibuses, in the training hub and then answering a set of multiple choice questions on eActivities. The questions are taken from sample DSA minibus theory test questions and the information in this training hub and can be completed “open book” style.
The practical part of the induction needs to be booked in advance. This must be done online via the Union shop, the cost for these scheduled session is £30 (Execlusive of VAT).
On the day, please arrive promptly at the promptly at the Union Reception on the ground floor of the main Union Building in Beit Quad. Remember, the staff are not able to wait for you if you are late!
The website may not display any available dates, or display dates which are “out of stock”. This means that there are no sessions currently scheduled, or in case of the latter, that these sessions are full. You will have to put your name down on the Minibus Induction Waiting List or pick a different date.
The Practical test involves familiarisation with the minibuses, including learning how to do the daily routine checks. This is followed by a drive around the local area. In particular, the assessor will be checking to see that you drive safely, can manage the length of the vehicle and are generally happy with driving. If you are not up to the required standard you will be now have to buy another test credit in order to resit the test.
Please note that the minibuses are all manual vehicles, and you should only attempt the minibus assessment if you are comfortable driving using a manual gearbox. .
When you come to the practical part of your introduction please remember to bring the following:
- Your driving licence (if you have the new style UK licence this includes the paper section as well as the plastic card as BOTH parts need to be seen)
- A completed Union Approved Driver Form.
- A DVLA Check Code (for UK Drivers only)
Once you have passed the Theory and Practical tests, you will be granted approval to drive minibuses for three years. After this period you will have to go through the process again.